Commvault Systems's (NASDAQ:CVLT) Q1 Earnings Results: Revenue In Line With Expectations

Anthony Lee /
2023/08/01 8:08 am EDT

Data backup provider Commvault (NASDAQ:CVLT) reported results in line with analysts' expectations in Q1 FY2024, with revenue flat year on year at $198.2 million. The company also expects next quarter's revenue to be around $195 million, roughly in line with analysts' estimates. Commvault Systems made a GAAP profit of $12.6 million, improving from its profit of $3.51 million in the same quarter last year.

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Commvault Systems (CVLT) Q1 FY2024 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $198.2 million vs analyst estimates of $197.2 million (small beat)
  • EPS (non-GAAP): $0.72 vs analyst estimates of $0.64 (12% beat)
  • Revenue Guidance for Q2 2024 is $195 million at the midpoint, roughly in line with what analysts were expecting
  • Free Cash Flow of $37.9 million, down 43.3% from the previous quarter
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 82.1%, down from 82.9% in the same quarter last year

"We're off to a solid start to our fiscal year, highlighted by accelerated subscription revenue momentum and continued operating discipline," 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.

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Sales Growth

As you can see below, Commvault Systems's revenue growth has been over the last two years, growing from $183.4 million in Q1 FY2022 to $198.2 million this quarter.

Commvault Systems Total Revenue

Commvault Systems's quarterly revenue was only up 0.09% year on year, which isn't particularly great. On top of that, the company's revenue actually decreased by $5.33 million in Q1 compared to the $8.4 million increase in Q4 2023. This situation is worth monitoring as Commvault Systems's sales have historically followed a seasonal pattern but management is guiding for a further revenue drop in the next quarter.

Next quarter's guidance suggests that Commvault Systems is expecting revenue to grow 3.69% year on year to $195 million, slowing down from the 5.75% year-on-year increase it recorded in the same quarter last year. Ahead of the earnings results announcement, the analysts covering the company were expecting sales to grow 4.48% over the next 12 months.

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Cash Is King

If you've followed StockStory for a while, you know that we emphasize free cash flow. Why, you ask? We believe that in the end, cash is king, and you can't use accounting profits to pay the bills. Commvault Systems's free cash flow came in at $37.9 million in Q1, up 75.7% year on year.

Commvault Systems Free Cash Flow

Commvault Systems has generated $183.4 million in free cash flow over the last 12 months, an impressive 23.3% of revenue. This high FCF margin stems from its asset-lite business model and strong competitive positioning, giving it the option to return capital to shareholders or reinvest in its business while maintaining a cash cushion.

Key Takeaways from Commvault Systems's Q1 Results

With a market capitalization of $3.43 billion, Commvault Systems is among smaller companies, but its $274.6 million cash balance and positive free cash flow over the last 12 months give us confidence that it has the resources needed to pursue a high-growth business strategy.

This was mainly an in-line quarter for CVLT. It was good to see strong free cash flow, on the other hand, its guidance for next quarter was a little concerning. Zooming out, we think this was still a decent, albeit mixed, quarter, showing that the company is staying on track. Investors were likely expecting more, and the stock is down 2.54% after reporting, trading at $76 per share.

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