Minneapolis, MN and Toronto, ON, February 5, 2020
Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (“Ceridian” or the “Company”) (NYSE:CDAY) (TSX:CDAY), a global human capital management (“HCM”) software company, announced today its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019. All financial results are reported in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated. A reconciliation of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) to non-GAAP financial measures has been provided in this press release, including the accompanying tables. An explanation of these measures is also included below under the heading “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
“In the fourth quarter we set new records for the subscription value of new sales and for the subscription value of customers taken live,” said David Ossip, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ceridian. “Dayforce revenue grew 35.4%, to $158.7 million, and was up 35.7% on a constant currency basis, and excluding float revenue, Dayforce revenue grew even faster, up 37.5%, to $147.7 million, and was up 38.0% on a constant currency basis.”
“We ended the year with 4,363 Dayforce customers live, consisting of 3.9 million global active users, an increase of 0.8 million users, or 25.8% year-over-year,” added Arthur Gitajn, Chief Financial Officer of Ceridian. “We saw significant traction in our enterprise, major markets, and global segments. The average deal size of a new sale in 2019 grew by 24%, driven by enterprise, where the average deal size grew by 100%. Global sales, primarily UK and Australia, grew by more than 150% compared to 2018.”
The average U.S. dollar to Canadian dollar foreign exchange rate was $1.32 and $1.33, with a daily range of $1.30 to $1.33, and $1.30 to $1.36, for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019, respectively, compared to $1.32 and $1.30, with a daily range of $1.28 to $1.36, and $1.23 to $1.36, for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018, respectively. As of December 31, 2019, the U.S. dollar to Canadian dollar foreign exchange rate was $1.30. To present the performance of the business excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations, the Company presents revenue on a constant currency basis, which we believe is useful to management and investors. We have calculated revenue on a constant currency basis by applying a fixed rate of $1.30 Canadian dollar to $1.00 U.S. dollar foreign exchange rate to revenues originally booked in Canadian dollars for all applicable historical periods. Both the GAAP and non-GAAP revenue results are displayed in the tables accompanying this press release.
Financial Highlights for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019
The financial highlights below are on a year-over-year basis, unless otherwise stated.
Net (Loss) Income and Net (Loss) Income Per Share
Gross Margin, Operating Profit, and Adjusted EBITDA
Other Key Performance Metrics
Dayforce Live Customer Count
To simplify revenue reporting as we expand globally, beginning in 2020, we are changing the way we report the impact of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on the Company’s revenue results. Instead of calculating revenue on a constant currency basis by applying a fixed foreign exchange rate for all periods presented, the Company will be using the average foreign exchange rates in effect during the comparable prior period to calculate constant currency revenue growth rates.
As it relates to guidance, we will be issuing guidance based on the average foreign exchange rates during the most recent fiscal quarter reported. In subsequent periods, we will update our guidance based on the average foreign exchange rates during the most recent fiscal quarter reported, and we will disclose the impact of any change in guidance related to foreign exchange fluctuations.
Based on information available as of February 5, 2020, Ceridian is issuing guidance for the full year and first quarter of 2020 as indicated below. The guidance is based on the average foreign exchange rates during the fourth quarter of 2019 and includes GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures. The guidance assumes no changes from the current Federal Reserve discount rate or the current Bank of Canada interest rate. Based on current market conditions, portfolio composition, and investment practices, each 100 basis point change in market investment rates would result in approximately $18 million of change in float revenue over the ensuing twelve month period.
Comparisons are on a year-over-year basis, unless stated otherwise.
Full Year 2020:
First Quarter 2020:
We have not reconciled the Adjusted EBITDA range for the first quarter or the full fiscal year of 2020 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.
Conference Call Details
Ceridian will host a conference call on February 5, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year of 2019. Those wishing to participate via the webcast should access the call through Ceridian’s Investor Relations website at https://investors.ceridian.com. Those wishing to participate via the telephone may dial in at 877-701-0459 (USA) or 647-689-5466 (International). The conference call replay will be available via webcast through Ceridian’s Investor Relations website at https://investors.ceridian.com.
About Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.
Ceridian. Makes Work Life Better™.
Ceridian is a global human capital management software company. Dayforce, our flagship cloud HCM platform, provides human resources, payroll, benefits, workforce management, and talent management functionality. Our 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
We use certain non-GAAP financial measures in this release including Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted net income (loss), revenue on a constant currency basis, revenue retention rate, and ARR. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income (loss), non-GAAP financial measures, are useful to management and investors as supplemental measures to evaluate our overall operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA is a component of our management incentive plan and Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are used by management to assess performance and to compare our operating performance to our competitors. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, as adjusted to exclude net income (loss) from discontinued operations, sponsor management fees, non-cash charges for asset impairments, gain (loss) on assets and liabilities held in a foreign currency other than the functional currency of a company subsidiary, share-based compensation expense and related employer taxes, severance charges, restructuring consulting fees, transaction costs, and other non-recurring charges. Adjusted EBITDA margin is determined by calculating the percentage Adjusted EBITDA is of total revenue. Adjusted net income (loss) is defined as net income (loss), as adjusted to exclude net income (loss) from discontinued operations, release of the valuation allowance, gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt, sponsor management fees, non-cash charges for asset impairments, gain (loss) on assets and liabilities held in a foreign currency other than the functional currency of a company subsidiary, share-based compensation expense and related employer taxes, severance charges, restructuring consulting fees, transaction costs, and other non-recurring charges, all of which are adjusted for the effect of income taxes. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income (loss) are helpful in highlighting management performance trends because Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income (loss) exclude the results of decisions that are outside the normal course of our business operations.
Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income (loss) are intended as supplemental measures of our performance that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income (loss) should not be considered as alternatives to operating profit (loss), net income (loss), earnings per share, or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP, or as measures of operating cash flows or liquidity. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income (loss) should not be construed to imply that our future results will be unaffected by similar items to those eliminated in this presentation. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income (loss) are included in this discussion because they are key metrics used by management to assess our operating performance.
Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income (loss) are not defined under GAAP, are not measures of net income (loss), operating profit (loss), or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP, and are subject to important limitations. Our use of the terms Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income (loss) may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies in our industry and are not measures of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP.
Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income (loss) have important limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.
In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income (loss), you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses similar to those eliminated in this presentation.
We present revenue on a constant currency basis to assess how our underlying businesses performed, excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations, which we believe is useful to management and investors.
Our annual Cloud revenue retention rate measures the percentage of revenues that we retain from our existing Cloud customers. We use this retention rate as an indicator of customer satisfaction and future revenues. We calculate the annual Cloud revenue retention rate as a percentage, where the numerator is the Cloud annualized recurring revenue for the prior year, less the Cloud annualized recurring revenue from lost Cloud customers during that year; and the denominator is the Cloud annualized recurring revenue for the prior year. We set annual targets for Cloud revenue retention rate and monitor progress toward those targets on a quarterly basis by reviewing known customer losses and anticipated future customer losses. Our Cloud revenue retention rate may fluctuate as a result of a number of factors, including the mix of Cloud solutions used by customers, the level of customer satisfaction, and changes in the number of users live on our Cloud solutions. We have not reconciled the annual Cloud revenue retention rate because there is no directly comparable GAAP financial measure.
We derive the majority of our Cloud revenues from recurring fees, primarily PEPM subscription charges. We also derive recurring revenue from fees related to the rental and maintenance of clocks, charges for once-a-year services, such as year-end tax statements, and investment income on our customer funds held in trust before such funds are remitted to taxing authorities, customer employees, or other third parties. To calculate Cloud ARR, we start with recurring revenue at year end, subtract the once-a-year charges, annualize the revenue for customers live for less than a full year to reflect the revenue that would have been realized if the customer had been live for a full year, and add back the once-a-year charges. We set annual targets for Cloud ARR and monitor progress toward those targets on a quarterly basis. We have not reconciled the Cloud ARR because there is no directly comparable GAAP financial measure.
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 our current expectations and projections relating to our financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. You 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 first quarter and full year fiscal 2020 total revenue, Cloud revenue, Dayforce revenue, float revenue, and Adjusted EBITDA, 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 we have made in light of our industry experience and our perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors that we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. As you consider this press release, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. These assumptions and our future performance or results involve risks and uncertainties (many of which are beyond our control). These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Additional factors or events that could cause our actual performance to differ from these forward-looking statements may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of our assumptions prove incorrect, our 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; our 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; we will be able to maintain our relationships with our employees, customers and partners; we will continue to attract qualified personnel to support our development requirements and the support of our new and existing customers; and that the risk factors noted above, individually or collectively, do not have a material impact on the Company. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.
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