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Splunk Inc. Announces Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results

Full Year Revenues Grow 52%; Company Surpasses 7,000 Customer Mark

SAN FRANCISCO - Feb. 27, 2014 - Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, today announced results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended January 31, 2014.

Fourth Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenues were $99.9 million, up 53% year-over-year. 
  • License revenues were $68.8 million, up 47% year-over-year.
  • GAAP operating loss was $32.5 million; GAAP operating margin was negative 32.5%. 
  • Non-GAAP operating income was $4.0 million; non-GAAP operating margin was 4.0%.
  • GAAP loss per share was $0.30; non-GAAP income per share was $0.03.
  • Operating cash flow was $34.4 million with free cash flow of $32.4 million.

Full Year 2014 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenues were $302.6 million, up 52% year-over-year.
  • License revenues were $199.0 million, up 46% year-over-year.
  • GAAP operating margin was negative 25.9%; non-GAAP operating margin was negative 0.4%.
  • Operating cash flow was $73.8 million with free cash flow of $64.5 million.

“We are delighted to welcome more than 500 new customers to the Splunk family and now have more than 7,000 customers worldwide,” said Godfrey Sullivan, Chairman and CEO, Splunk. “Customers are choosing Splunk as their standard for operational intelligence at a faster pace than we have ever seen. We recognize and appreciate the contribution that both partners and our new and existing customers have played in our growth.”

Fourth Quarter 2014 and Recent Business Highlights


  • New and Expansion Customers Include: Air France, Ascension Health, Auburn University, AURIZON (Australia), Boston Public Library, Chevron Australia, ChungHwa Telecom-Mobile (Taiwan), City of Austin, Cornerstone OnDemand, DATEV eG (Germany), Denver International Airport, DZ BANK AG (Germany), Finanz Informatik, General Electric, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), John Lewis (UK), Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Nottinghamshire Police (UK), Panasonic Avionics, Paycorp (Australia), PetroChina Tarim Oilfield Company, Phillips 66, Polycom, Press Association (UK), PT Kalbe Farma Tbk (Indonesia), Ramsay Health Care (Australia), Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, Singapore Workforce Development Agency, State of New Mexico Human Services, SunGard Availability Services, Svyaznoy Bank (Russia), Symantec, Telenor Group (Norway), United Health Group Inc., Viet A Bank (Vietnam), WorldPay (UK) and World Vision Australia.


  • Announced general availability (GA) of the Splunk App for Enterprise Security 3.0, which provides enhancements to help find unknown threats, while continually monitoring for known threats detected by traditional security infrastructure products.
  • Announced the Splunk ODBC Driver that allows customers to interact with, manipulate and visualize machine data stored in Splunk Enterprise using existing business software tools, such as Microsoft Excel or Tableau Desktop.
  • Updated the Splunk SDK for Python and released the Splunk Plug-in for Eclipse to help developers build applications that use and extend Splunk Enterprise.
  • Released the Splunk App for NetApp to provide comprehensive visibility into the operational health of NetApp Data ONTAP storage systems.


  • Announced the acquisition of Cloudmeter, a provider of network data capture technologies. The addition of Cloudmeter will enhance the ability of Splunk customers to analyze machine data directly from their networks and correlate it with other machine-generated data to gain insights across Splunk's core use cases in application and infrastructure management, IT operations, security and business analytics.


  • Announced a strategic agreement with Internet2 to bring Splunk technology to hundreds of potential new U.S. higher-education customers.
  • Announced a combined solution with Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) data. The software provides users with a scalable security intelligence platform to quickly discover and identify the source of a suspicious event.


Financial Outlook

The company is providing the following guidance for its fiscal first quarter 2015 (ending April 30, 2014):

  • Total revenues are expected to be between $78 million and $80 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be between negative 8% and 10%.

The company is providing the following guidance for its fiscal year 2015 (ending January 31, 2015):

  • Total revenues are expected to be approximately $400 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately zero.

All forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures contained in this section “Financial Outlook” exclude estimates for stock-based compensation expenses, employer payroll tax expense related to employee stock plans and amortization of acquired intangible assets.

While a reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to corresponding GAAP measures is not available on a forward-looking basis, the company has provided a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures in the financial statement tables for its fiscal fourth quarter 2014 and fiscal year 2014 non-GAAP results included in this press release.

Conference Call and Webcast

Splunk’s executive management team will host a conference call today beginning at 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET) to discuss the company’s financial results and business highlights.  Interested parties may access the call by dialing (866) 501-1535.  International parties may access the call by dialing (216) 672-5582. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available through Splunk’s Investor Relations website at  A replay of the call will be available through March 6, 2014 by dialing (855) 859-2056 and referencing Conference ID# 45279544.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding Splunk’s revenue and non-GAAP operating margin targets for the company’s fiscal first quarter and fiscal year 2015 in the paragraphs under “Financial Outlook” above and other statements regarding momentum in the company’s business, growth in the number of new customers, customer value and standardization, expansion of existing customer usage, new product offerings, expected benefits of our recent acquisitions, intended use and success of acquired products, product investments and developments, and expected benefits of strategic and partner relationships. There are a significant number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from statements made in this press release, including: Splunk’s limited operating history; risks associated with Splunk’s rapid growth, particularly outside of the U.S.; Splunk’s inability to realize value from its significant investments in its business; Splunk’s transition to a multi-product software and services business; Splunk’s inability to successfully integrate acquired businesses and technologies; and general market, political, economic and business conditions.

Additional information on potential factors that could affect Splunk’s financial results is included in the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 2013, which is on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Splunk does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

About Splunk Inc.

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) provides the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence. Splunk® software and cloud services enable organizations to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine-generated big data coming from websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors and mobile devices. More than 7,000 enterprises, government agencies, universities and service providers in over 90 countries use Splunk software to deepen business and customer understanding, mitigate cybersecurity risk, prevent fraud, improve service performance and reduce cost. Splunk products include Splunk® Enterprise, Splunk Cloud™, Splunk Storm®, Hunk™: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop and premium Splunk Apps. To learn more, please visit

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Non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations

To supplement Splunk’s consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), Splunk provides investors with certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating income (loss), non-GAAP net income (loss), non-GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share (collectively the “non-GAAP financial measures”). These non-GAAP financial measures exclude stock-based compensation expense, employer payroll tax expense related to employee stock plans, the change in fair value of certain preferred stock warrants previously issued by Splunk, impairment of a long-lived asset, acquisition-related costs, amortization of acquired intangible assets and the partial release of the valuation allowance due to acquisitions. In addition, non-GAAP financial measures include free cash flow, which represents cash from operations less purchases of property and equipment. The presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Splunk uses these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision-making purposes and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. Splunk believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information about Splunk’s operating results, enhance the overall understanding of past financial performance and future prospects and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures facilitate comparisons to competitors’ operating results.

Splunk excludes stock-based compensation expense because it is non-cash in nature and excluding this expense provides meaningful supplemental information regarding Splunk’s operational performance. In particular, because of varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of award types that companies can use under FASB ASC Topic 718, Splunk believes that providing non-GAAP financial measures that exclude this expense allows investors the ability to make more meaningful comparisons between Splunk’s operating results and those of other companies. Splunk excludes employer payroll tax expense related to employee stock plans in order for investors to see the full effect that excluding that stock-based compensation expense had on Splunk’s operating results. These expenses are tied to the exercise or vesting of underlying equity awards and the price of Splunk’s common stock at the time of vesting or exercise, which may vary from period to period independent of the operating performance of Splunk’s business. Splunk excludes expense attributable to the change in fair value of certain preferred stock warrants from its non-GAAP financial measures because it is a non-recurring, non-cash expense. Splunk also excludes the non-cash charge for previously capitalized Storm research and development expense (reflected as an impairment of a long-lived asset) as a result of its strategic decision to start making its Storm product available at no cost to customers, a decision that Splunk expects to be infrequent in nature.  Splunk also excludes acquisition-related costs and amortization of acquired intangible assets from its non-GAAP financial measures because they are considered by management to be outside of Splunk’s core operating results.  Splunk further excludes the partial release of the valuation allowance due to acquisitions from non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share because it is also considered by management to be outside Splunk’s core operating results.  Accordingly, Splunk believes that excluding these expenses provides investors and management with greater visibility to the underlying performance of its business operations, facilitates comparison of its results with other periods and may also facilitate comparison with the results of other companies in its industry. Splunk considers free cash flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by the business that can be used for strategic opportunities, including investing in its business, making strategic acquisitions and strengthening its balance sheet.

There are limitations in using non-GAAP financial measures because the non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by Splunk’s competitors and exclude expenses that may have a material impact upon Splunk’s reported financial results. Further, stock-based compensation expense has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in Splunk’s business and an important part of the compensation provided to Splunk’s employees. The non-GAAP financial measures are meant to supplement and be viewed in conjunction with, GAAP financial measures.

The following table reconciles Splunk’s non-GAAP results to Splunk’s GAAP results included in this press release.


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Media Contact
Tom Stilwell
Splunk Inc.
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Splunk Inc.

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