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Cornerstone OnDemand Announces First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – May 6, 2021 – People development solutions provider Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSOD) today announced results(1) for its first quarter ended March 31, 2021. The Company has provided supplemental financial information located on its Investor Relations website. On April 22, 2020, the Company acquired Saba Software, Inc. (“Saba”); the discussion below includes Saba’s results for the post-acquisition period.

First Quarter 2021 Results:

  • Revenue for the first quarter of 2021 was $209.3 million. This represents a 39.4% increase compared to the same period of the prior year.
  • Subscription revenue for the first quarter of 2021 was $200.6 million. This represents a 38.9% increase compared to the same period of the prior year.
  • Income (loss) from operations for the first quarter of 2021 was $9.1 million, yielding a margin of 4.3%, compared to income (loss) from operations of $(2.7) million and a margin of (1.8)% in the same period of the prior year.
  • Non-GAAP operating income for the first quarter of 2021 was $59.2 million, yielding a non-GAAP operating margin of 28.3%, compared to non-GAAP operating income of $24.9 million and a non-GAAP operating margin of 16.6% in the same period of the prior year.
  • Net loss for the first quarter of 2021 was $(12.5) million, or $(0.19) diluted net loss per share, compared to net loss of $(13.8) million, or $(0.22) diluted net loss per share, in the same period of the prior year.
  • Non-GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2021 was $48.4 million, or $0.70 non-GAAP diluted net income per share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $15.0 million, or $0.23 non-GAAP diluted net income per share, in the same period of the prior year.
  • Unlevered free cash flow for the first quarter of 2021 was $88.4 million, yielding a margin of 42.3%, compared to unlevered free cash flow of $6.3 million and a margin of 4.2% in the same period of the prior year. Unlevered free cash flow for the first quarter of 2021 includes approximately $7.8 million of restructuring and acquisition-related cash outflows.

“I’m very pleased with a solid first quarter and a strong start to Cornerstone’s fiscal year 2021, despite these unprecedented times,” said Phil Saunders, Chief Executive Officer. “We have continued to execute on our transformation roadmap, and while we believe we have an aggressive roadmap to implement this year, we remain confident in our ability to unlock growth and earnings power within the business.”

Recent Highlights:

  • The Company announced its Strategic Leader position in the Fosway 9-Grid™ for Learning Systems for 2021, retaining its leading position for the eighth year in a row.
  • Cornerstone mobilized internal executive talent to drive innovation for its content business and align international leadership to better support customers worldwide. Heidi Spirgi transitioned into the role of Chief Strategy and Growth Officer, Theresa Damato was named the Company’s Chief Marketing Officer, and Vincent Belliveau was appointed Chief International Officer.

“We are proud of our first quarter business and operational accomplishments, and the resulting financial performance,” said Chirag Shah, Chief Financial Officer. “We are raising our profitability estimates for 2021 to reflect our positive business trends and the strong start to the year.”

Financial Outlook:

The following(2) is based on information available as of the date of this press release and is subject to change in the future.

For the second quarter ending June 30, 2021, the Company provides the following outlook:

  • Revenue between $208.0 million and $210.0 million.
  • Subscription revenue between $203.0 million and $205.0 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating income between $49.0 million and $51.0 million.

For the year ending December 31, 2021, the Company provides the following outlook:

  • Revenue between $851.0 million and $859.0 million.
  • Subscription revenue between $827.0 million and $835.0 million.
  • Annual recurring revenue between $868.0 million and $878.0 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating income between $215.0 million and $222.0 million.
  • Unlevered free cash flow between $208.0 million and $216.0 million. Captured in this is approximately $50.0 million in non-recurring cash outflows for restructuring and integration activities related to the Saba acquisition.

The revenue, subscription revenue, and non-GAAP operating income numbers above are impacted by a deferred revenue write-down related to purchase accounting. For more information, refer to the Company’s investor relations presentation.

The Company has not reconciled the guidance for non-GAAP operating income or unlevered free cash flow to the corresponding GAAP measures because it does not provide guidance for such GAAP measures and would not be able to present the reconciling items between such GAAP and non-GAAP measures without unreasonable efforts. For example, stock-based compensation expense is excluded from the Company’s non-GAAP operating income as the quantification requires additional unknown inputs such as the number of shares granted and market prices that are not ascertainable.

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1 Non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating income margin, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted net income per share, unlevered free cash flow, and unlevered free cash flow margin are non-GAAP financial measures. See the discussion in the section titled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Key Metrics” and the reconciliations at the end of this press release.

2 In order to translate the financial outlook for entities reporting in GBP and EUR to USD, the following exchange rates have been applied:

Exchange rate applied to revenue for the second quarter of 2021 $1.37 USD per GBP
Exchange rate applied to revenue and annual recurring revenue for fiscal 2021 $1.37 USD per GBP
Exchange rate applied to revenue for the second quarter of 2021 $1.19 USD per EUR
Exchange rate applied to revenue and annual recurring revenue for fiscal 2021 $1.19 USD per EUR

Quarterly Conference Call

Cornerstone will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2021 results at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) today. A live audio webcast of the conference call, together with detailed financial information, can be accessed through the Company’s Investor Relations website at http://investors.cornerstoneondemand.com. The live call can be accessed by dialing (877) 445-4619 (US) or (484) 653-6763 (outside the US). A replay of the call will also be available at http://investors.cornerstoneondemand.com/investors/news-and-events/events/default.aspx or via telephone until 5:00 p.m. PT (8:00 p.m. ET) on May 13, 2021 by dialing (855) 859-2056 (US) or (404) 537-3406 (outside the US).

Featured Presentation

An accompanying featured presentation will be available at https://investors.cornerstoneondemand.com/investors/overview/default.aspx.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release and the quarterly conference call referenced above contain forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the expected performance of our business, our future financial and operating performance, including our non-GAAP guidance, strategy, long-term growth and overall future prospects, the demand for our offerings, our competitive position, general business conditions, our ability to execute our strategies and business plans, the ongoing integration of Saba into our business, our ability to execute our transformation roadmap, anticipated synergies from our acquisition of Saba, and our expectations regarding certain financial measures including revenue, subscription revenue, annual recurring revenue, non-GAAP operating income, unlevered free cash flow, capital expenditures, and operating margins. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release or the quarterly conference call are based upon our historical performance and our current plans, estimates, and expectations and are not a representation that such plans, estimates, or expectations will be achieved. These forward-looking statements represent our expectations as of the date of this press release. Subsequent events may cause these expectations to change, and we disclaim any obligation to update the forward-looking statements in the future, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from our current expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: our ability to attract new customers; the extent to which customers renew their subscriptions for our solutions; the timing of when consulting services are delivered to new and existing customers by our services organization and implementation subcontractors; the complexity of deployments and product implementations, which can impact the timing of when revenue is recognized from new and existing customers; allowing our implementation subcontractors to contract directly with customers for implementation services; our shift to focusing on recurring revenue streams; our ability to compete as the learning and people development provider for organizations of all sizes; changes in the proportion of our customer base that is composed of enterprise or mid-sized organizations; our ability to manage our growth, including additional headcount and entry into new geographies; our ability to expand our enterprise and mid-market sales opportunities; our ability to maintain stable and consistent quota attainment rates; continued strong demand for learning and people development in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Japan; the timing and success of efforts to increase operational efficiency and cost containment; the timing and success of solutions offered by our competitors; unpredictable macro-economic conditions; the impact of foreign exchange rates; reductions in information technology spending; the success of our new product and service introductions; a disruption in our hosting network infrastructure; problems caused by security breaches; costs and reputational harm that could result from defects in our solutions; the success of our strategic relationships with third parties; the loss of any of our key employees and our ability to locate qualified replacements; failure to protect our intellectual property; acts of terrorism or other vandalism, war, natural disasters, or the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; changes in current tax or accounting rules; legal or political changes in local or foreign jurisdictions that decrease demand for, or restrict our ability to sell or provide, our products; the failure to achieve expected synergies and efficiencies of operations between us and Saba; our ability to successfully integrate Saba’s market opportunities, technology, products, personnel, and operations and to execute our transformation roadmap; and unanticipated costs or liabilities related to businesses that we acquire. Further information on factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results anticipated by our forward-looking statements is included in the reports we have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Key Metrics

To supplement its consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with US generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, the Company has provided in this press release and the quarterly conference call held on the date hereof certain non-GAAP financial measures and other key metrics. These non-GAAP financial measures and other key metrics include:

(i) non-GAAP cost of revenue, which is defined as cost of revenue less stock-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets;

(ii) annual recurring revenue, which is defined as the annualized recurring value of all active contracts at the end of a reporting period;

(iii) net annual dollar retention rate, which is defined as the percentage of annual recurring revenue from all customers on the first day of a fiscal year that is retained from those same customers on the last day of that same fiscal year. This percentage excludes all annual recurring revenue from new customers added during the fiscal year. Incremental sales during the fiscal year to customers are included in the calculation solely for customers that existed as of the first day of the fiscal year. Therefore, it is possible for our net annual dollar retention rate to exceed 100% in a given fiscal year if incremental sales to existing customers exceed the churn in annual recurring revenue from those same customers during that year.

Prior to 2020, incremental sales were only included to the extent those sales offset any decrease in annual recurring revenue from the original amount on the first day of the fiscal year and therefore, the historical net annual dollar retention rate could never exceed 100%. Beginning in 2020, this ratio includes all customers. Previously, Cornerstone for Salesforce, Cornerstone PiiQ, Grovo, and Workpop customers were excluded from the calculation. We believe that our net annual dollar retention rate is an important metric to measure the long-term value of customer agreements and our ability to retain and incrementally sell to our customers;

(iv) unlevered free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, which is defined as net cash provided by operating activities minus capital expenditures and capitalized software costs plus cash paid for interest;

(v) unlevered free cash flow margin, a non-GAAP financial measure, which is defined as unlevered free cash flow divided by revenue;

(vi) non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted net income per share, which exclude, for the periods in which they are presented, stock-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets, acquisition-related and integration expenses, restructuring expenses, accretion of debt discount and amortization of debt issuance costs, discrete tax items, fair value adjustments on strategic investments, and excludes the impacts of unamortized stock-based compensation expense in applying the treasury method for determining the non-GAAP weighted average number of dilutive shares outstanding;

(vii) non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP gross margin, which exclude stock-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets reflected in cost of revenue;

(viii) non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP operating income margin, which are defined as income or loss from operations excluding stock-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets, acquisition-related and integration expenses, and restructuring expenses;

(ix) non-GAAP operating expenses, which exclude stock-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets, acquisition-related and integration expenses, and restructuring expenses; and

(x) non-GAAP sales and marketing expense, non-GAAP research and development expense, and non-GAAP general and administrative expense, each of which excludes stock-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets attributable to the corresponding GAAP financial measures.

The Company’s management uses these non-GAAP financial measures and other key metrics internally in analyzing its financial results and believes they are useful to investors, as a supplement to the corresponding GAAP measures, in evaluating the Company’s ongoing operational performance and trends and in comparing its financial measures with other companies in the same industry, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures and key metrics to help investors understand the operational performance of their businesses. In addition, the Company believes that the following non-GAAP adjustments are useful to management and investors for the following reasons:

  • Stock-based compensation. The Company excludes stock-based compensation expense because it is non-cash in nature, and management believes that its exclusion provides additional insight into the Company’s operational performance and also provides a useful comparison of the Company’s operating results to prior periods and its peer companies. Additionally, determining the fair value of certain stock-based awards involves a high degree of judgment and estimation. The expense recorded may bear little resemblance to the actual value realized upon the vesting or future exercise of such awards.
  • Amortization of intangible assets. The Company excludes amortization of acquired intangible assets because the expense is a non-cash item and management believes that its exclusion provides meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company’s operational performance and allows for a useful comparison of its operating results to prior periods and its peer companies.
  • Acquisition-related and integration. The Company excludes expenses related to acquisitions and integration because the expenses are discrete to specific acquisitions and are not necessarily indicative of its continuing operations. The Company believes that the exclusion of these expenses provides investors with a supplemental view of the Company’s operational performance.
  • Restructuring. The Company excludes expenses related to restructuring because the expense is not indicative of its continuing operations. The Company believes that the exclusion of these expenses provides investors with a supplemental view of the Company’s operational performance.
  • Accretion of debt discount and amortization of debt issuance costs. The Company recognizes effective interest expense on its debt. The difference between the effective interest expense and the contractual interest expense, which is composed of accretion of debt discount and amortization of debt issuance costs, is excluded from management’s assessment of the Company’s operating performance because management believes that these non-cash expenses are not indicative of ongoing operating performance. In addition, the exclusion of these items provides a useful comparison of the Company’s operating results to prior periods and its peer companies.
  • Discrete tax items. The Company excludes discrete income tax charges or benefits that are not expected to recur because the items are not indicative of continuing operations. The Company believes that the exclusion of these items provides investors with a supplemental view of the Company’s operational performance.
  • Fair value adjustments on strategic investments. The Company views the increase or decrease in the fair value of its strategic investments as not indicative of operational performance during any particular period and believes that the exclusion of these gains or losses provides investors with a supplemental view of the Company’s operational performance.

Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures are not based on any standardized methodology prescribed by GAAP and are not necessarily comparable to similarly-titled measures presented by other companies. For the periods presented, reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures have been provided in the tables included as part of this press release.

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RECONCILIATIONS OF COST OF REVENUE TO NON-GAAP COST OF REVENUE, GROSS PROFIT, AND GROSS MARGIN TO NON-GAAP GROSS PROFIT AND NON-GAAP GROSS MARGIN, INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS TO NON-GAAP OPERATING INCOME, AND OPERATING MARGIN TO NON-GAAP OPERATING MARGIN

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RECONCILIATIONS OF NET LOSS TO NON-GAAP NET INCOME AND NON-GAAP NET INCOME PER SHARE

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RECONCILIATION OF NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES TO UNLEVERED FREE CASH FLOW AND UNLEVERED FREE CASH FLOW MARGIN
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TRENDED OPERATIONAL & FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

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The following metrics are intended as a supplement to the financial statements found in this press release and other information furnished to or filed with the SEC. In the event of discrepancies between amounts in these tables and the Company’s historical disclosures or financial statements, readers should rely on the Company’s filings with the SEC and financial statements in the Company’s most recent earnings press release.

The Company intends to periodically review and refine the definition, methodology, and appropriateness of each of these supplemental metrics. As a result, metrics are subject to removal and/or change, and such changes could be material.

About Cornerstone

Cornerstone is a premier people development company. We believe people can achieve anything when they have the right development and growth opportunities. We offer organizations the technology, content, expertise and specialized focus to help them realize the potential of their people. Featuring comprehensive recruiting, personalized learning, modern training content, development-driven performance management and holistic employee data management and insights, Cornerstone’s people development solutions are used by more than 6,000 customers of all sizes, spanning more than 75 million users across over 180 countries and nearly 50 languages. Learn more at www.cornerstoneondemand.com.

Investor Relations Contact

Jason Gold

jgold@csod.com

+1 (310) 526-2531

Media Contact

Deaira Irons

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+1 (310) 752-0164
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