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Press Release

Splunk Inc. Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Total Revenues Grew 40%; Increases Full-Year Outlook

SAN FRANCISCO – November 29, 2016Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced results for its fiscal third quarter ended October 31, 2016.

Third Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenues were $245 million, up 40% year-over-year. 
  • License revenues were $140 million, up 34% year-over-year.
  • GAAP operating loss was $91.0 million; GAAP operating margin was negative 37.2%. 
  • Non-GAAP operating income was $16.7 million; non-GAAP operating margin was 6.8%. 
  • GAAP loss per share was $0.69; non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.12.
  • Operating cash flow was $45.3 million with free cash flow of $32.3 million.

“Our market opportunity is tremendous,” said Doug Merritt, President and CEO. “Splunk provides the market leading platform that powers Operational Intelligence to enable customers to cost effectively get value from machine data. We want to make it easier to collect and analyze even larger volumes and varieties of data to help our customers gain more insights and value from Splunk solutions. Our passionate customers and their innovations with the Splunk platform are at the core of our success.”

Third Quarter 2017 and Recent Business Highlights:


  • Signed nearly 500 new enterprise customers.
  • New and Expansion Customers Include: BMW (Germany), Cequint, Dow Jones, Educational Testing Services, Emirates Airlines, Exostar, Florida State University, Garanti Bank (Turkey), Monash University (Australia), Progressive Insurance, Rackspace, State of Maine, University Health System, University of Illinois, University of Miami, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State, Yahoo Japan and Zendesk.



  • Unveiled Splunk Pledge, a new philanthropic program through the Splunk4Good initiative, which commits to donate a minimum of $100 million in software licenses, training, support, education and volunteerism over a 10-year period to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions in order to support academic research and generate social impact.
  • Announced investments in two companies – Acalvio and Insight Engines – to further drive innovation and extend the power and reach of the Splunk platform.

Strategic and Channel Partners:

  • Ansible by Red Hat introduced the Ansible Tower App for Splunk, a new app developed to ingest all data associated with Ansible deployments, inventories and jobs and deliver this visibility to teams involved in app delivery.



  • Hosted .conf2016, the 7th annual Splunk Worldwide Users’ Conference in Orlando, drawing more than 4,500 Splunk enthusiasts, partners and experts in machine learning, data analytics, security, IT operations, cloud, DevOps, SaaS, business analytics, Internet of Things and more.
  • Hosted SplunkLive! events in cities worldwide, including Auckland, Santa Clara, Denver, Nashville, Shanghai and Stockholm. Presentations can be found on the SplunkLive! website.


Financial Outlook

The company is providing the following guidance for its fiscal fourth quarter 2017 (ending January 31, 2017):

  • Total revenues are expected to be between $286 and $288 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be between 8% and 9%.

The company is updating its previous guidance for its fiscal year 2017 (ending January 31, 2017):

  • Total revenues are expected to be between $930 and $932 million (was between $910 and $914 million per prior guidance provided on August 25, 2016).
  • Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be between 5% and 6% (was approximately 5% per prior guidance provided on August 25, 2016).

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, amortization of acquired intangible assets, acquisition-related costs and adjustments related to a financing lease obligation.  

A reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to corresponding GAAP measures is not available on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable effort due to the uncertainty regarding, and the potential variability of, many of these costs and expenses that may be incurred in the future.  For example, stock-based compensation expense is impacted by a number of factors, such as Splunk’s future hiring and retention, as well as the future fair market value of Splunk’s common stock, all of which are difficult to predict and subject to constant change.  The company has provided a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures in the financial statement tables for its fiscal third quarter 2017 non-GAAP results included in this press release. The exclusion of these costs and expenses will have a significant impact on Splunk’s non-GAAP operating margin.

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 December 6, 2016 by dialing (855) 859-2056 and referencing Conference ID: 4131068.

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 fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017 in the paragraphs under “Financial Outlook” above and other statements regarding customer demand and return on investment, market opportunity, the rate of customer adoption and growth strategies. 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 and experience developing and introducing new products, including its cloud offerings; risks associated with Splunk’s rapid growth, Splunk’s limited experience with respect to predicting future customer demand and customer acceptance of the company’s products and services, in and outside of the United States; Splunk’s ability to rapidly and successfully integrate new employees into its workforce, particularly sales personnel; Splunk’s inability to realize value from its significant investments in its business, including product and service innovations; 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 July 31, 2016, 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) is the market-leading platform that powers Operational Intelligence. We pioneer innovative, disruptive solutions that make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone. More than 12,000 customers in over 110 countries use Splunk software and cloud services to make business, government and education more efficient, secure and profitable. Join hundreds of thousands of passionate users by trying Splunk solutions for free:

Splunk, Splunk>, Listen to Your Data, The Engine for Machine Data, Hunk, Splunk Cloud, Splunk Light and SPL are trademarks and registered trademarks of Splunk Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective owners. © 2016 Splunk Inc. All rights reserved.

For more information, please contact:
Media Contact
Tom Stilwell
Splunk Inc.
Investor Contact
Ken Tinsley
Splunk Inc.
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Non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations

To supplement Splunk’s condensed 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 cost of revenues, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP research and development expense, non-GAAP sales and marketing expense, non-GAAP general and administrative expense, non-GAAP operating income (loss), non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share (collectively the “non-GAAP financial measures”). These non-GAAP financial measures exclude all or a combination of the following (as reflected in the following reconciliation tables): stock-based compensation expense, employer payroll tax expense related to employee stock plans, amortization of acquired intangible assets, acquisition-related costs, adjustments related to a financing lease obligation and the partial release of the valuation allowance due to acquisition. The adjustments for the financing lease obligation are to reflect the expense we would have recorded if our build-to-suit lease arrangement had been deemed an operating lease instead of a financing lease and is calculated as the net of actual ground lease expense, depreciation and interest expense over estimated straight-line rent expense. 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 also excludes amortization of acquired intangible assets, acquisition-related costs, the partial release of the valuation allowance due to acquisition and makes adjustments related to a financing lease obligation from its non-GAAP financial measures because these are considered by management to be outside of 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 tables reconcile Splunk’s non-GAAP results to Splunk’s GAAP results included in this press release.

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*Updated 12/1/16 to reflect the correct version number of Splunk ITSI released in Q3 FY17 as 2.4 not 2.5