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Splunk Inc. Announces Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Financial Results

Full Year Revenues Grew 42%; Added Nearly 2,200 New Customers

SAN FRANCISCO – February 23, 2017 – Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended January 31, 2017.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenues were $306.5 million, up 39% year-over-year. 
  • License revenues were $190.5 million, up 35% year-over-year.
  • GAAP operating loss was $71.1 million; GAAP operating margin was negative 23.2%. 
  • Non-GAAP operating income was $35.8 million; non-GAAP operating margin was 11.7%. 
  • GAAP loss per share was $0.54; non-GAAP income per share was $0.25.
  • Operating cash flow was $102.5 million with free cash flow of $84.4 million.

Full Year 2017 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenues were $950.0 million, up 42% year-over-year.
  • License revenues were $546.9 million, up 35% year-over-year.
  • GAAP operating margin was negative 36.2%; non-GAAP operating margin was 6.2%. 
  • Operating cash flow was $201.8 million with free cash flow of $156.5 million.

“Customer success is our number one priority. More than 13,000 organizations worldwide depend on Splunk, including nearly 700 new customers this quarter,” said Doug Merritt, President and CEO, Splunk. “It is early in our data and analytics journey – it is a big market with a tremendous opportunity that Splunk is uniquely positioned to win. We are confident in our long-term strategy to become the ubiquitous machine data platform for our customers.”

Fourth Quarter 2017 and Recent Business Highlights:


  • Signed nearly 700 new enterprise customers and ended the year with more than 13,000 customers worldwide.
  • New and Expansion Customers Include: Aflac, Asurion, Atlassian (Australia), Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, BM&F Bovespa (Brazil), City and County of San Francisco, Commonwealth of Virginia, Condé Nast, CrowdStrike, eHarmony, FedEx, Heartland Jiffy Lube, Infoblox, National Health Service (United Kingdom), Papa John’s Pizza, Penske Truck Leasing, Randstad (Netherlands), Raymond James,, Telstra (Australia), University of Maryland, University of Minnesota and U.S. Department of State.


  • Announced version 5.0 of the Splunk App for AWS – available for the first time on Splunk Light –delivering enhanced dashboards, advanced billing insights into reserved versus on-demand AWS instances, and integrated machine learning to identify cost optimization improvements and security anomalies.
  • Announced the new Splunk App for Jenkins, making it possible to use Splunk solutions to collect, monitor and analyze the wealth of Jenkins data.
  • Announced new AWS Lambda blueprints to easily stream valuable logs, events and alerts from over 15 AWS services into Splunk to help customers gain critical security and operational insights.



  • Hosted over 1,100 attendees at Splunk GovSummit 2016 in Washington, D.C. and unveiled the winners of the Splunk Public Sector Innovation Awards, recognizing Splunk customers and partners for driving transformation through data in their organization.
  • Hosted SplunkLive! events in Beijing, Columbus, Long Beach, New Brunswick, Santa Clara, Shanghai, Taipei and Utrecht (Netherlands). Presentations can be found on the SplunkLive! Website.

Financial Outlook

The company is providing the following guidance for its fiscal first quarter 2018 (ending April 30, 2017):

  • Total revenues are expected to be between $231 million and $233 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be between negative 2% and negative 4%.

The company is updating its previous guidance for its fiscal year 2018 (ending January 31, 2018):

  • Total revenues are expected to be approximately $1.185 billion (was approximately $1.175 billion per prior guidance provided on January 12, 2017).

The company is providing the following guidance for its fiscal year 2018 (ending January 31, 2018):

  • Cloud revenues are expected to be approximately $85 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 8%.

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, ground lease expense related to a build-to-suit lease obligation, acquisition-related costs and facility exit costs.

While a reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to corresponding GAAP measures is not available on a forward-looking basis due to the uncertainty regarding, and the potential variability of, many of these costs and expenses that may be incurred in the future, the company has provided a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures in the financial statement tables for its fiscal fourth quarter 2017 and fiscal year 2017 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 2, 2017 by dialing (855) 859-2056 and referencing Conference ID 66659606.

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 2018 in the paragraphs under “Financial Outlook” above and other statements regarding future growth, long-term strategy, customer demand and penetration, expanding use of Splunk by existing customers, size of market opportunity, Splunk’s position to capture market share, expected benefits of new products 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, particularly outside of the United States; 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, business and competitive market 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, 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 leader in analyzing machine data to deliver Operational Intelligence for security, IT and the business. Splunk® software provides the enterprise machine data fabric that drives digital transformation. More than 13,000 customers in over 110 countries use Splunk solutions in the cloud and on-premises. Join millions of passionate users by trying Splunk software for free:

Splunk, Splunk>, Listen to Your Data, The Engine for Machine Data, 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. © 2017 Splunk Inc. All rights reserved.

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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, the partial release of the valuation allowance due to acquisition and facility exit costs. The adjustments for the financing lease obligation are to reflect the expense Splunk would have recorded if its 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, facility exit costs, 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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