DocuSign, Inc. DOCU presented impressive second-quarter fiscal 2024 (ended Jul 31) results, with both earnings and revenues beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate and growing year over year.
Non-GAAP earnings per share (excluding 68 cents from non-recurring items) of 72 cents beat the consensus mark by 10.8% and grew 50% from the year-ago fiscal quarter’s reported figure. Revenues of $687.7 million also surpassed the consensus estimate by 1.6% and increased 10.5% from the year-ago fiscal quarter’s reported figure.
However, the better-than-expected results failed to impress shareholders as the company lost 9.8% since the earnings release on Sep 7.
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Quarter in Detail
Subscription revenues came in at $669.4 million, up 10.6% year over year, beating our estimate by 1.5%. Professional services and other revenues for the reported quarter beat our estimate and increased by 7.8% from the year-ago fiscal quarter’s reported figure to $18.3 million.
For the reported quarter, billings came in at $711.2 million, 10% above the year-ago fiscal quarter’s reported figure, and beat our estimate by 9.3%. The non-GAAP gross margin was 82%, in line with the year-ago figure and our estimate. The non-GAAP gross profit of $565.8 million increased 11.3% year over year and surpassed our estimate by 2.3%. The non-GAAP operating margin was 25%, up from the year-ago figure of 18%.
Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
DocuSign ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $1.02 billion compared with $940.5 million at the end of the previous quarter. It generated $211 million in cash from operating activities and a capex of $27.4 million. Non-GAAP free cash flow was $183.6 million.
The company expects revenues in the range of $687-$691 million, revised upward from the $675-$679 million band. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is pegged lower at $683.8 million.
In segmental revenues, subscription revenues are expected in the $669-$673 million band, revised upward from the $658-$662 million range. Billings are expected in the range of around $668-$678 million, up from the previous range of $646-$656 million. The non-GAAP gross margin and the non-GAAP operating margin are expected at 81-82% and 22-23%, respectively.
Fiscal 2024 Guidance
The company expects revenues in the range of $2.725-$2.737 billion, raised from the previous guidance in the band of $2.71-$2.73 billion. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is pegged lower at $2.72 billion.
In segmental revenues, subscription revenues are expected in the $2.649-$2.661 billion band, revised from $2.64-$2.65 billion band. Billings are expected in the range of $2.804-$2.824 billion, up from the previously guided range of $2.74-$2.76 billion. The non-GAAP gross margin and the non-GAAP operating margin are expected at 81-82% and 23-24%, respectively.
Currently, DocuSign carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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