Press Release

Ceridian Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

Minneapolis, MN and Toronto, ON, May 4, 2022

  • Dayforce recurring revenue, excluding float revenue, up 31% year-over-year in the first quarter
  • Revenue of $293.3 million, up 25% year-over-year in the first quarter, which exceeded guidance
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $57.4 million, exceeding the high end of guidance

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Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (“Ceridian”) (NYSE:CDAY) (TSX:CDAY), a global leader in human capital management (HCM) technology, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

"I am very pleased with our strong start to the year. In the first quarter, Dayforce recurring revenue excluding float grew 31% year-over-year.  And, Adjusted EBITDA of $57.4 million exceeded the high end of our guidance," said David Ossip, Chair and Co-CEO of Ceridian.

“Our strong first quarter results highlight the value we’re able to deliver to our customers as we help them adapt to the new world of work,” said Leagh Turner, Co-CEO of Ceridian. “We continue to see strong demand for Dayforce with more than 35% of new customers purchasing the comprehensive suite.”

 

Financial Highlights for the First Quarter 20221

Revenue Highlights

  • Total revenue, which includes revenue from both Cloud and Bureau solutions, was $293.3 million for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 25.1% on a GAAP and a constant currency basis. Excluding float revenue, total revenue was $281.9 million for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 26.0% on a GAAP and a constant currency basis.
  • Dayforce recurring revenue was $188.6 million for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 29.8%, or 29.4% on a constant currency basis. Excluding float revenue, Dayforce recurring revenue was $180.3 million for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 31.0%, or 30.6% on a constant currency basis.
  • Cloud revenue, which includes both Dayforce and Powerpay revenue, was $252.0 million for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 24.3%, or 24.2% on a constant currency basis. Excluding float revenue, Cloud revenue was $241.5 million for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 25.1%, or 24.9% on a constant currency basis.

Other Financial Highlights

  • Cloud recurring gross margin2 was 69.3% for the first quarter of 2022, compared to 72.2%. Excluding the impact of share-based compensation and related employer taxes, severance charges, and certain other non-recurring items, cloud recurring gross margin was 75.5% for the first quarter of 2022, compared to 73.3%.3
  • Net loss was ($27.4) million for the first quarter of 2022, compared to ($19.2) million. Adjusted net income3 was $20.5 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared to $15.7 million.
  • Diluted net loss per share was $(0.18) for the first quarter of 2022, compared to $(0.13). Adjusted diluted net income per share3 was $0.13 for the first quarter of 2022, compared to $0.10. Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding were 152.1 million and 148.7 million for the first quarter of 2022 and 2021, respectively, on a GAAP basis, and 155.8 million and 155.1 million for the first quarter of 2022 and 2021, respectively, on an Adjusted basis3.
  • Adjusted EBITDA3 was $57.4 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared to $44.5 million.
  • Cash and equivalents were $354.8 million as of March 31, 2022, compared to $367.5 million as of December 31, 2021.
  • Total debt was $1,240.5 million as of March 31, 2022, a decrease of $2.0 million, compared to $1,242.5 million as of December 31, 2021.

Dayforce Live Customer Count

  • 5,609 Dayforce customers4 were live on the Dayforce platform as of March 31, 2022, an increase of 11%.
  • Dayforce recurring revenue per customer3,5 was $110,947 for the trailing twelve months ended March 31, 2022, an increase of 10%.

 

Business Outlook

Based on information available as of May 4, 2022, Ceridian is issuing the following guidance for the second quarter and fiscal year of 2022 as indicated below. Comparisons are on a year-over-year basis, unless stated otherwise.

Second Quarter 2022 Guidance

  • Dayforce recurring revenue, excluding float revenue, of $182 million to $184 million, or an increase of 27% to 29% on a GAAP basis and 28% to 29% on a constant currency basis.
  • Cloud revenue of $258 million to $260 million, or an increase of 23% to 24% on a GAAP basis and 24% to 25% on a constant currency basis.
  • Total revenue of $293 million to $296 million, or an increase of 17% to 18% on a GAAP basis and 18% to 19% on a constant currency basis.
  • Float revenue of $13 million, an increase of 25% on a GAAP and constant currency basis.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $45 million to $47 million.

Full Year 2022 Guidance

  • Dayforce recurring revenue, excluding float revenue of $751 million to $762 million, or an increase of 26% to 28% on both a GAAP basis and a constant currency basis.
  • Cloud revenue of $1,067 million to $1,083 million, or an increase of 22% to 24% on both a GAAP basis and a constant currency basis compared to previously issued guidance of $1,054 million to $1,075 million.
  • Total revenue of $1,208 million to $1,230 million, or an increase of 18% to 20% on a GAAP basis and constant currency basis compared to previously issued guidance of $1,192 million to $1,217 million.
  • Float revenue of $52 million, an increase of 27% on a GAAP and constant currency basis.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $190 million to $205 million compared to previously issued guidance of $180 million to $195 million.

Supplemental Guidance Details

Ceridian's guidance continues to assume productivity gains through further integration of the Excelity and Ascender acquisitions and specifically a re-balancing of resources across its global footprint.

As expected, Ceridian incurred one-time severance and restructuring costs in the first quarter of 2022 in conjunction with the re-balancing of its workforce across its global footprint. These costs amounted to $11 million in the first quarter of 2022 and were accounted for in cost of recurring revenue. Ceridian continues to expect an additional $14 million of costs associated with this re-balancing of the workforce. These remaining costs are expected to be incurred primarily in the second and third quarters, with the balance recognized in the fourth quarter of 2022. Excluding these one-time costs, we expect cloud recurring gross margin to continue to improve throughout 2022.

Ceridian's updated float guidance reflects the near-term rate environment and the rolling maturity of our laddered core portfolio.

Ceridian has not reconciled the Adjusted EBITDA range for the full year or second quarter of 2022 to the directly comparable GAAP financial measure because applicable information for the future period, on which this reconciliation would be based, is not readily available due to uncertainty regarding, and the potential variability of, depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation expense and related employer taxes, changes in foreign currency exchange rates, and other items.

 

Foreign Exchange

The average U.S. dollar to Canadian dollar foreign exchange rate was $1.27, with a daily range of $1.25 to $1.29 for the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to $1.27, with a daily range of $1.24 to $1.29 for the three months ended March 31, 2021. As of March 31, 2022, the U.S. dollar to Canadian dollar foreign exchange rate was $1.25. To present the performance of the business excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations, Ceridian presents revenue on a constant currency basis, which it believes is useful to management and investors. Revenue was calculated on a constant currency basis by applying the average foreign exchange rate in effect during the comparable prior period.

For the full year and second quarter of 2022, Ceridian's guidance assumes an average U.S dollar to Canadian dollar foreign exchange rate of $1.25, compared to an average rate of $1.25 for the full year of 2022.

 

Conference Call Details

Ceridian will host a conference call to discuss the first quarter of 2022 earnings at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 4, 2022. A live Zoom Video Webinar of the event can be accessed at that time, through a direct registration link at https://ceridian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_13HXmXJ-RYy_tYlBkownIw. Alternatively, the event can be accessed from the Events & Presentations page on Ceridian’s Investor Relations website at https://investors.ceridian.com. A replay and transcript will be available after the conclusion of the live event on Ceridian’s Investor Relations website.

 

About Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.

Ceridian. Makes Work Life Better™.

Ceridian is a global human capital management software company. Dayforce, the flagship cloud HCM platform, provides human resources, payroll, benefits, workforce management, and talent management functionality. The Dayforce platform is used to optimize management of the entire employee lifecycle, including attracting, engaging, paying, deploying, and developing people. Ceridian has solutions for organizations of all sizes.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Ceridian uses certain non-GAAP financial measures in this release including EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted net income, Adjusted diluted net income per share, revenue on a constant currency basis, and Dayforce recurring revenue per customer. Ceridian believes that EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income, non-GAAP financial measures, are useful to management and investors as supplemental measures to evaluate its overall operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are components of Ceridian’s management incentive plan and are used by management to assess performance and to compare its operating performance to its competitors. Ceridian defines EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, and Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA, as adjusted to exclude foreign exchange gains (losses), share-based compensation expense and related employer taxes, severance charges, restructuring consulting fees, and other non-recurring items. Adjusted EBITDA margin is determined by calculating the percentage Adjusted EBITDA is of total revenue. Adjusted net income is defined as net income (loss), as adjusted to exclude foreign exchange gains (losses), share-based compensation expense and related employer taxes, severance charges, restructuring consulting fees, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, and other non-recurring items, all of which are adjusted for the effect of income taxes. Adjusted diluted net income per share is calculated by dividing adjusted net income by diluted weighted average common shares outstanding. When adjusted diluted net income per share is positive, diluted weighted average common shares outstanding incorporate the effect of dilutive equity instruments. Ceridian believes that EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income are helpful in highlighting management performance trends because EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income exclude the results of decisions that are outside the normal course of its business operations.

Ceridian’s presentation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income are intended as supplemental measures of its performance that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income should not be considered as alternatives to net income, earnings per share, or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP, or as measures of operating cash flows or liquidity. Ceridian’s presentation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income should not be construed to imply that its future results will be unaffected by similar items to those eliminated in this presentation. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income are included in this discussion because they are key metrics used by management to assess its operating performance.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income are not defined under GAAP, are not measures of net income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP, and are subject to important limitations. Ceridian’s use of the terms EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies in its industry and are not measures of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income have important limitations as analytical tools, and should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of Ceridian’s results as reported under GAAP.

In evaluating EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income, users should be aware that in the future Ceridian may incur expenses similar to those eliminated in this presentation.

Ceridian presents revenue on a constant currency basis to assess how its underlying businesses performed, excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations, which it believes is useful to management and investors. Revenue was calculated on a constant currency basis by applying the average foreign exchange rate in effect during the comparable prior period.

Ceridian's Dayforce recurring revenue per customer is an indicator of the average size of our Dayforce recurring revenue customers. To calculate Dayforce recurring revenue per customer, Ceridian starts with Dayforce recurring revenue on a constant currency basis by applying the same exchange rate to all comparable periods for the trailing twelve months and excludes float revenue, the impact of lower employment levels in 2021 and 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Ascender and ADAM HCM revenue. This amount is divided by the number of live Dayforce customers at the end of the trailing twelve month period, excluding Ascender and ADAM HCM. Ceridian calculates and monitors Dayforce recurring revenue per customer on a quarterly basis. Ceridian's Dayforce recurring revenue per customer may fluctuate as a result of a number of factors, including the number of live Dayforce customers and the number of customers purchasing the full HCM suite. Ceridian has not reconciled the Dayforce recurring revenue per customer because there is no directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements other than statements of historical fact or relating to present facts or current conditions included in this press release are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements give Ceridian’s current expectations and projections relating to its financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. Users can identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements in this press release include statements relating to the fiscal year of 2022, as well as those relating to future growth initiatives. These statements may include words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “seek,” “plan,” “intend,” “believe,” “will,” “may,” “could,” “continue,” “likely,” “should,” and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of the timing or nature of future operating or financial performance or other events but not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on assumptions that Ceridian has made in light of its industry experience and its perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors that it believes are appropriate under the circumstances. As users consider this press release, it should be understood that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. These assumptions and Ceridian’s future performance or results involve risks and uncertainties (many of which are beyond its control). In particular:

  • its inability to manage its growth effectively or execute on its growth strategy;
  • its failure to provide new or enhanced functionality and features;
  • its inability to successfully compete in the market in which we operate and expand its current offerings into new markets or further penetrate existing markets due to competition;
  • its inability to offer and deliver high-quality technical support, implementation and professional services;
  • system breaches, interruptions or failures, including cyber-security breaches, identity theft, or other disruptions that could compromise customer information or sensitive company information;
  • its failure to comply with applicable privacy, security, data, and financial services laws, regulations and standards, including its ongoing consent order with the Federal Trade Commission regarding data protection;
  • its failure to properly update its solutions to enable its customers to comply with applicable laws;
  • its failure to manage its aging technical operations infrastructure;
  • its inability to maintain necessary third-party relationships, and third party software licenses, and identify errors in the software it licenses;
  • its inability to attract and retain senior management employees and highly skilled employees;
  • the impact of its outstanding debt obligations on its financial condition, results of operations, and value of its common stock; or
  • the duration and scope of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the uncertainty around the surge of different variants and the actions that governmental authorities may take in all the jurisdictions where we operate.

Additional factors or events that could cause Ceridian’s actual performance to differ from these forward-looking statements may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for Ceridian to predict all of them. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of Ceridian’s assumptions prove incorrect, its actual financial condition, results of operations, future performance and business may vary in material respects from the performance projected in these forward-looking statements. In addition to any factors and assumptions set forth above in this press release, the material factors and assumptions used to develop the forward-looking information include, but are not limited to: the general economy remains stable; the competitive environment in the HCM market remains stable; the demand environment for HCM solutions remains stable; Ceridian’s implementation capabilities and cycle times remain stable; foreign exchange rates, both current and those used in developing forward-looking statements, specifically USD to CAD, remain stable at, or near, current rates; Ceridian will be able to maintain its relationships with its employees, customers and partners; Ceridian will continue to attract qualified personnel to support its development requirements and the support of its new and existing customers; and that the risk factors noted above, individually or collectively, do not have a material impact on Ceridian. Any forward-looking statement made by Ceridian in this press release speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Ceridian undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

 

Ceridian Reports First Quarter 2022 Results table

Ceridian Reports First Quarter 2022 Results table

Ceridian Reports First Quarter 2022 Results table

Ceridian Reports First Quarter 2022 Results table

Ceridian Reports First Quarter 2022 Results table

Ceridian Reports First Quarter 2022 Results table

Ceridian Reports First Quarter 2022 Results table

Ceridian Reports First Quarter 2022 Results table

Ceridian Reports First Quarter 2022 Results table

Source: Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.

 

For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations
1-844-829-9499
investors@ceridian.com

Public Relations
1-647-417-2117
teri.murphy@ceridian.com

 

 


1 The quarterly financial highlights are on a year-over-year basis, unless otherwise stated. All financial results are reported in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated.

2 Cloud recurring gross margin is defined as total Cloud recurring revenue less cost of Cloud recurring revenue for the applicable solution as a percentage of total Cloud recurring revenue, which is exclusive of any product development and management or depreciation and amortization cost allocations.

3 This is a Non-GAAP financial measure. For Non-GAAP financial measures with a directly comparable GAAP financial measure, a reconciliation of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) to non-GAAP financial measures has been provided in this press release, included in the accompanying tables. An explanation of these measures is also included below under the heading “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

4 Excluding the 2021 acquisitions of Ascender HCM Pty Limited ("Ascender") and ATI ROW, LLC and ADAM HCM MEXICO, S. de R.L. de C.V. (collectively, "ADAM HCM").

5 Excluding float revenue, the impact of lower employment levels in 2021 and 2020 due to the Coronavirus disease 2019 ("COVID-19") pandemic, Ascender and ADAM HCM revenue and on a constant currency basis.

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