Commvault Systems (NASDAQ:CVLT) Misses Q3 Sales Targets

Adam Hejl /
2023/01/31 7:56 am EST
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Data backup provider Commvault (NASDAQ:CVLT) fell short of analyst expectations in Q3 FY2023 quarter, with revenue down 3.61% year on year to $195 million. Commvault Systems made a GAAP loss of $310 thousand, down on its profit of $10 million, in the same quarter last year.

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Commvault Systems (CVLT) Q3 FY2023 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $195 million vs analyst estimates of $203.8 million (4.28% miss)
  • EPS (non-GAAP): $0.62 vs analyst expectations of $0.72 (14% miss)
  • Free cash flow of $29.3 million, down 40.4% from previous quarter
  • Customers: 206 customers paying more than $100,000 annually
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 82.2%, down from 85.1% same quarter last year

"We remain confident that customers will continue to recognize Commvault's products and services as a critical component to keep their data safe and simplify their journey to the cloud," said Sanjay Mirchandani, President and CEO.

Originally formed in 1988 as part of Bell Labs, Commvault (NASDAQ: CVLT) provides enterprise software used for data backup and recovery, cloud and infrastructure management, retention and compliance.

Data is the lifeblood of the internet and software in general, and the amount of data created is growing at an accelerating pace. Likewise, the importance of storing the data in scalable and efficient formats continues to rise, especially as the diversity of the data and associated use cases expand from analyzing simple, structured data to high-scale processing of unstructured data, images, audio and video.

Sales Growth

As you can see below, Commvault Systems's revenue growth has been unimpressive over the last two years, growing from quarterly revenue of $187.9 million in Q3 FY2021, to $195 million.

Commvault Systems Total Revenue

But this quarter Commvault Systems's revenue was down 3.61% year on year, which might be a disappointment to some shareholders.

Ahead of the earnings results the analysts covering the company were estimating sales to grow 0.76% over the next twelve months.

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Large Customers Growth

You can see below that at the end of the quarter Commvault Systems reported 206 enterprise customers paying more than $100,000 annually, an increase of 33 on last quarter. That is a bit more contract wins than last quarter and quite a bit above what we have typically seen lately, demonstrating that the business itself has good sales momentum. We've no doubt shareholders will take this as an indication that the company's go-to-market strategy is working very well.

Commvault Systems customers paying more than $100,000 annually

Key Takeaways from Commvault Systems's Q3 Results

With a market capitalization of $2.79 billion Commvault Systems is among smaller companies, but its more than $273.4 million in cash and positive free cash flow over the last twelve months give us confidence that Commvault Systems has the resources it needs to pursue a high growth business strategy.

We were very impressed how strongly Commvault Systems accelerated the rate of new contract wins this quarter. That feature of these results really stood out as a positive. On the other hand, revenue growth was quite weak and it missed analysts' revenue expectations. Overall, this quarter's results were not the best we've seen from Commvault Systems. The company is flat on the results and currently trades at $62.49 per share.

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The author has no position in any of the stocks mentioned.