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Nice Ltd (NICE) Q3 2019 Earnings Call Transcript

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Nice Ltd (NASDAQ: NICE)
Q3 2019 Earnings Call
Nov 14, 2019, 8:30 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Welcome to the NICE conference call discussing Third Quarter 2019 Results, and thank you for holding. [Operator Instructions] Following management's formal presentation, instructions will be given for the question-and-answer session. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded, November 14, 2019.

I would now like to turn this call over to Mr. Marty Cohen VP, Investor Relations at NICE. Please go ahead.

Marty Cohen -- Vice President, Investor Relations

Thank you, operator. With me on the call today are Barak Eilam, Chief Executive Officer; Beth Gaspich, Chief Financial Officer; and Eran Liron, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development.

Before we start, I would like to point out that some of the statements made on this call will constitute forward-looking statements, in accordance with the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Please be advised that the Company's actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Additional information regarding the factors that could cause -- cause actual results or performance of the Company to differ materially, is contained in the section entitled Risk Factors in Item 3 of the Company's 2018 Annual Report on Form 20-F, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 5, 2019.

During today's call, we will present a more detailed discussion of third quarter 2019 results, and the Company's guidance for the full year 2019. Following our comments, there will be an opportunity for questions. Let me remind you that unless otherwise noted on this call, we will be commenting on our adjusted results of operations, which differ in certain respects with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, as reflected mainly in accounting for acquisition-related revenues and expenses, amortization of intangible assets, and accounting for stock-based compensation. The differences between the non-GAAP adjusted results and the equivalent GAAP figures are detailed in today's press release.

And I'll now turn the call over to Barak.

Barak Eilam -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Marty, and welcome everyone. I'm glad to be on the call with you today. Earlier in the year, we talked about the opportunity to become the leader, amid exciting and expanding market that are experiencing rapid and accelerating growth. This vision is taking shape, as evidenced by our strong and consistent financial results, recognition from industry analysts, accelerated pace of innovation, and the fast growth of our global partner ecosystems.

Starting with financial results. Q3 was another strong quarter. In Q3, total revenue increased 8% to $387 million, driven by another strong quarter in cloud revenue, which increased 27%. The strong top-line results, led to further increase in profitability.

Operating income was $106 million, which was an increase of 9% compared to Q3 last year, and operating margin increased 40 basis points to 27.4% compared to the same period last year. These strong operating results led to an 8% increase in earnings per share to $1.30. With the current annual cloud revenue run rate higher than $600 million, there is no doubt that we are the largest cloud company, and the clear front runner in a market, that is transforming to the cloud.

Cloud revenue powered by CXone, now represents nearly 40% of our total revenue, while total recurring revenue represents 74% of our total revenue, up from 70% one year ago. We are consistently signing more CXone deals each quarter, driven by increased coverage of additional market segments and geographies. At the same time, deal sizes are growing, demonstrating the rapid penetration of CXone into very large enterprises. Furthermore, the attachment rates of our seamlessly integrated the workforce optimization and analytics, are increasing dramatically boosting our win rates. This collectively demonstrate the value of CXone is a truly integrated and differentiated native cloud platform that seamlessly incorporates the market leading routing, workforce optimization and analytics.

Other evidence of our leadership is a continued confirmation and recognition we get from industry analysts. In the recently released Gartner Magic Quadrant, we were named the leader for Contact Center as a Service. We achieved the highest overall position for both our ability to execute, and completeness of vision, further widening the gap between us and all other competitors. Moreover, our long-term leadership position is made more apparent by the fact that we have been named a leader every year, since the Magic Quadrant's inception.

In financial crime compliance, we are recognized as the leader in Anti-Money Laundering Solutions by Forrester Research. The analyst group recognized NICE Actimize, as the most significant vendor in the market. In the Forrester Wave Anti-Money Laundering Solutions report, NICE Actimize received the highest scores possible for both offering and strategy.

In another leading analyst report, NICE's RPA was recognized for innovation and successful global implementations. The analyst firm noted NICE's consistent innovation in cutting-edge capabilities for its RPA, and NICE Employee Virtual Attendant, which is our AI-driven attended automation offering.

Another area, in which we see our leadership strengthening, is innovation, which is being powered by the flexibility and agility of CXone and X-Sight. For example, the new follow release of CXone 2019, now makes it possible for organizations to reach and interact with customers in their channel of choice, using a vast range of natively integrated digital channels such as SMS text, Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenge, WeChat and many others, all unified on CXone platform.

CXone ushers in a new paradigm that allows agents to handle both real-time and digital messaging interactions in one intelligent inbox, and with the 360 degree view of the customer. Companies can now run a true digital-first omnichannel operation. Other areas of market-leading innovation, centered on AI. We recently announced a new generation of analytics with AI-based anomaly discovery and correction, leveraging AI-based and supervised machine learning, these capabilities provide organizations with cross-channel insights, on service anomalies and surfaces areas that our customers' pain points.

Also as part of our autonomous financial client management portfolio, we recently introduced SURVEIL-X, the industry's first AI powered cloud native true holistic trade-related surveillance solution, that detects all forms of risky behavior to ensure compliance with key global regulations.

Further indication of our leadership can be seen by the large and increasing number of global partners that are asking to join NICE partner network. It is being driven by their desire to sell and support the market leading cloud platform CXone, as these partners migrate away from outdated on-premise legacy vendors.

Last quarter, I mentioned the new partnership with Atos [Phonetic], a global leader in digital transformation with over 110,000 employees in 73 countries. Atos made CXone its preferred solution for contact center as a service, and is bringing CXone to the Company's customer base of hundreds of thousands of contact center agents, across the globe as well as to new customers. The partnership with Atos is gaining traction. The pipeline is growing fast. And we are expecting to close our initial deals with Atos in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Just this past quarter, we announced the addition of multiple new partnerships in Asia-Pacific and Europe, which will bring CXone to contact center customers throughout these regions. These new partners have go to market operations and services teams across the Americas, EMEA, and APAC. For example, four out of the five largest partners in Australia are using CXone as the primary go to market suite of solutions.

In fact, we just recently signed a partnership agreement with NTT Australia, a very large global service organization, which will be reselling our solutions. These agreements, opens up brand new market opportunities for NICE. The NICE Actimize excite marketplace, which was launched this year, continues to gain momentum as nearly 40 partners have already joined. The community is already generating significant traction with customers and prospects.

Now that we have just discussed the drivers of our strengthening leadership. Let me provide some examples of Q3 deals, reflecting the power of that leadership. In Q3, we continue to sign large enterprise deals for CXone. One such deal was a seven-digit ACV deal with a large and well-known automakers finance division, which was well into the eight-digit on a TCV basis. We were selected for this deal, because we were the only vendor that could offer a broad portfolio, on a single unified cloud platform.

We also signed a seven-digit ACV deal with a very large mutual fund company, where they consider replacing existing on-premise solutions with other on-premise solutions, but instead decided to go with NICE's CXone, as they realized the power of an integrated cloud platform. We also signed a seven-digit ACV deal with a large regional brokerage and investment banking firm, replacing the incumbent. Other large deals in Q3, included a large and well-known big box retailer in a -- big box retailer. In this eight-digit deal, they standardize NICE, replacing solutions from multiple vendors.

We signed another eight-digit deal with a very large global financial services company for several solutions from our financial crime and compliance portfolio. They replaced incumbent, because NICE was the only vendor, able to meet their mandate to consolidate vendors, while having the complete portfolio to combat regulatory pressure, and deliver enterprisewide consistency. And then, there was another eight-digit portfolio deal with one of the largest banks in the world, to have them modernize and automate, as vast portfolio of the process to improve agility and flexibility. We signed a seven-digit deal with a large payments processor for a portfolio for our financial crime and compliance solutions, replacing the incumbent. This company needed the platform that leverages the newest technology to allow them to scale, as they are planning to double the size in the very near future. Moreover, they are looking to standardize on a single platform.

Our success in international markets is reflected in the large deals we signed just this past quarter. In one such seven-digit cloud deal with a large telecom company, we replaced the incumbent and in another seven-digit deal, with a large insurance broker, they purchased the portfolio of our solutions. There are also several seven-digit deals in the APAC region, including a large telecom company for RPA, in which we won the deal of other well-known RPA vendors. It was also a seven-digit deal with a business process outsourcer, we replaced the incumbent.

In closing, our vision of to become the leader is taking shape, as evidenced by our strong and consistent financial results, recognition from industry analysts, accelerated pace of innovation and the fast growth in our global ecosystem. We will continue to build our leadership and further distance NICE from its competitors by continuing to capture the many opportunities ahead of us. We have a large addressable market in which we operate, and we plan on leveraging it to further success.

I will now turn the call over to Beth, who will review our financial results.

Beth Gaspich -- Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Barak, and good day everyone. I am pleased to provide the analysis of our financial results and business performance for the third quarter of 2019, as well as our outlook for the full year 2019.

Total revenue for the third quarter was $387 million, compared to $359 million in the same period of last year, an increase of 8%. Our total revenue growth was driven by cloud with 27% growth in cloud revenue in the third quarter of 2019. The percent of total recurring revenue continued to increase to a record of 74%, compared to 70% in Q3 2018, reflecting our strong cloud momentum. Customer engagement Revenues for the third quarter increased 9% to $315 million, representing 81% of our total revenues. And financial crime and compliance revenues increased 2% to $72 million, representing 19% of total revenues.

Cloud revenues accounted for 39% of total revenues for the third quarter, which represents an increase from 33% in Q3 last year. Product revenues accounted for 15% of total revenue in the third quarter, and services revenues accounted for the remaining 46% of total revenue in the third quarter of 2019.

Looking at geographies. Americas grew 10%, and reached $313 million in the third quarter. EMEA was $47 million in the third quarter, which represented a 5% decline, and APAC was $27 million, which represented 13% growth compared to last year.

And now to profitability. Gross profit increased 8% to $274 million in the third quarter, and gross margin was 70.9% similar to last year. Cloud gross margin continued to increase, and reached 61.9% compared to 61.6% last year. Operating income increased 9% to $106 million in the third quarter. Operating margin continued to expand and reached 27.4% compared to 27% in the same period of last year. The increase in operating income and the continued margin expansion demonstrates the leverage in our model, and our commitment to further expand profitability over time.

The effective tax rate for the third quarter increased to 22.3% compared to 21.2% last year. The tax rate was impacted by a different mix of geographies, with different tax rates. Earnings per share for the third quarter increased 8% to $1.30 compared to $1.20 in the third quarter of last year. Cash flow from operations was $82 million similar to last year.

Total cash and financial investments were $927 million at the end of September 2019, and total debt was $463 million, net of Issuance cost and the equity component associated with our convertible debt. We continue to deploy cash toward our buyback program, and so far, we have used approximately half of the approved buyback plan.

I will conclude my remarks with our guidance. For the full year 2019, we expect revenue to be in an expected range of $1,563 million to $1,583 million. We are increasing full year 2019 fully diluted earnings per share to be in an expected range of $5.15 to $5.35.

I will now turn the call over to the operator for questions. Operator?

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Everyone, your question-and-answer session will now begin. [Operator Instructions] Thank you. We already have some questions on the line. The first one is coming from the line of Shaul Eyal from Oppenheimer. Please proceed, your line is open.

Shaul Eyal -- Oppenheimer -- Analyst

Thank you. Hey guys, good afternoon. Congrats on the ongoing performance and execution. One for Barak, one for Eran. Barak, so the CXone platform continues to resonate well within the overall market environment, as we're seeing that from results, as we are hearing that from your prepared remarks. It will also appear that it's driven by the high-end enterprises adoption, which appears to be at a rapid pace.

I know you've mentioned that also during your prepared remarks, but can you talk to us a little bit of what appears to be this -- driving this accelerating trend? And maybe in associating with that -- in association with that, are you seeing any prolonged cycle because it would appear actually you're seeing none in that respect.

Barak Eilam -- Chief Executive Officer

Sure. And the observation is correct. And you can heard it -- and you can hear it from the different, many deals that I have mentioned on the call today. We definitely see the up -- the upper side of the market, the enterprise side of the market adopting CXone in a rapid pace. Just to provide some clarity, our definition of our threshold for enterprises is 756 and up. We see traction in all market segment that -- but that's our definition for enterprise. I know that other SMB player they find much lower, and this is where we see a lot of traction these days.

I think that the reason is a few fold, first of all, the pace of innovation that they see on a platform like CXone, a native cloud platform versus what they see on their own premise provider, in the fact that the innovation there either stop or slow down quite dramatically.

The other thing is the completeness of the offering that we have, and it goes also to the other things I've mentioned about the attachment rate. We see very high attachment rate. Customers of that segment and all segments. But for sure, the enterprise segment, that are selecting to go day one, not just with routing, and not just WFO, but all of it together. Routing, WFO, analytics and other capabilities altogether, so we see increase in the number of deals, the deal sizes and of course with the attachment rate.

Shaul Eyal -- Oppenheimer -- Analyst

Awesome, awesome. One for Eran. So with Mattersight now integrated for about 18 months, how would you characterize your satisfaction level from that specific transaction? We've known NICE for many year, you've done an outstanding job as it relates to your M&A strategy. You guys know how to pick up, the right candidate to integrate. How would you characterize Mattersight in that respect around?

Eran Liron -- Executive Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Development

So, Shaul, if you recall, when we acquired Mattersight, we said that the main reason and motivation behind that acquisition was to create a differentiated offering for CXone. And as you said, it has been integrated and we see that it's creating a new category in the world of the routing. Something that is amazing that was -- that has not happened before AI-driven routing, and the ability to match the customer with the right person to handle them is something that seems to have -- has been late in the -- latent demand environment [Phonetic] in the market.

So when we look at acquisitions that are technology-driven acquisition like Mattersight. we'll look at the few things. We look at, have we achieved our integration goals? And the answer is, yes. We look at the impact that it's having in the market in terms of differentiating the product trading, creating buzz for the product and the answer is absolutely, yes.

And the third, as we look at the team that founded we acquired, are they still with us and motivated, the answer is, again, we've had very good success there. And of course, we look at the financial metrics. So as I look at all these dimensions, we are very happy with the acquisition.

Shaul Eyal -- Oppenheimer -- Analyst

Thank you.

Operator

The next question is coming from the line of Rishi Jaluria. Please proceed, your line is open.

Hannah Rudoff -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

Hi guys, this is Hannah, on for Rishi this morning. Thanks for taking my questions. Just first off, it seems like EMEA revenue growth came in a little weak this quarter. Could you talk about anything you're seeing that's driving that, and anything in the macro environment you're seeing?

Barak Eilam -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes, we always have some fluctuation between the different regions, nothing to read from that. EMEA was impacted, to a certain extent also, from changes in currency. But we see regular demands. With respect to the macro, EMEA and rest of the places, we don't see any difference in what we've seen a few quarters ago. The environment in our market continue to be very healthy.

Hannah Rudoff -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

Okay, great. That's helpful. And then on that Atos partnership, on the deals you've signed so far, have you been able to penetrating more markets in Europe, because I know that, something that the partnership is providing US.

Barak Eilam -- Chief Executive Officer

So as part of our overall strategy, but for sure as we go international. into Europe and Asia Pacific as you can hear in the last few quarters, as well as in my earlier remarks, we are doing very well. We get a lot of traction. We see combination of few types of partners. Those are the partners for many years in the -- in that market with legacy on-premise providers, and are looking to migrate their customer base, and to win back in the market, and understand that you need to do it with CCaaS. And after they are doing their diligence, they're selecting us. And we have a lot of them. And if you'd like almost standing in line to sign partnerships with us and they're very happy with that.

And the second type of partnerships is those that believe that it's an adjacent market for them, and they see the dynamics in this market. And they would like to step into this market, and also doing their diligence using the market analyst and other, and they are selecting us. All of those partners, we've signed in the last few quarters, it takes time to enable them, but they are putting a lot of investment behind this enablement. And at least from the indication in the pipeline, it's very healthy. They've relationships with thousands of customers. They've very strong customer base. And we believe that it will have a very positive impact on our win rate, and our market coverage moving forward, both internationally as well as in the US.

Hannah Rudoff -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

Great. Thank you.

Operator

The next question is coming from the line of Dan Bergstrom from RBC Capital. Please proceed. Your line is open.

Dan Bergstrom -- RBC Capital -- Analyst

Yes, thanks for taking my questions. So with the adoption of CXone by very large enterprises and increased attach of WFO and analytics, does that change the way we should think about, who is adopting the cloud? Historically here, I think we've thought that most of the cloud growth was coming from new markets, and new customers. Is that still the case?

Barak Eilam -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes. From our perspectivity of the case, I would like to remind you that with respect to those two markets, that were separate markets, WFO and analytics was one market, and the adjacent market was routing or omnichannel routing. NICE evolved from the WFO analytics space, being a leader in that space. And prior to cloud, we did not play in the routing business. So for us, every customer that adopting routing with WFO analytics is a pure upside. That's one. So we're taking markets in places where we didn't play before.

The second thing, the value of the customer for us in the cloud is significantly higher than in on-premise. With respect to the actual buyer, it's always been and still is the combination of the IT buyers, as well as the operational side of customer service. But given the fact that customer service today is much more strategic for many B2C companies as well as B2B, but mainly B2C companies, we get a states with a lot of fee level these days, and this domain is getting the exposure of fee level CEOs, and other very large enterprises.

Dan Bergstrom -- RBC Capital -- Analyst

Great. And then maybe around Actimize. They're hosting ENGAGE 2019 next week. It sounds like a good dedicated event for financial crime and compliance professionals. Anything we should be watching for out of the event? And then maybe along with that, on X-Sight, it seems like there's been a number of announcements around the X-Sight marketplaces recently. Maybe highlight some traction with that ecosystem. Thanks.

Barak Eilam -- Chief Executive Officer

Sure. So first of all, we're very excited toward the event next week. This is the first time we are actually combining what we had as the Client Forum and the user conference together, all financial covenant compliance. We had a record attendance and registration. Registration that I believe will lead to record attendances. It's becoming a very big event. That Group, all the professionals, many of the professionals in this market, and is becoming one of the largest events in that industry.

I will have to wait for Monday, I guess, before we announce some product things and other, in order to not to steal the thunder from the team. So stay tuned for different offering and portfolio announcement, and partnership that I believe will come from this event. But you'll hear all about them next week. But we definitely going back to Q3, see great traction in few fronts. First of all, the cloud is picking up very nicely in this market. We see a growing number of cloud deals in a pretty rapid pace, which is great for us because before the cloud, we played mainly in the higher end of the market. And cloud enable us to cater to mid-market banks, which are still very substantial in size, but in terms of volume of customers that opens up a very significant market for us.

And the second thing is the traction, that X-Sight with its marketplace -- the traction that it's getting. We announced the marketplace of X-Sight, I believe, only a few months ago, maybe two quarters ago. And we have already have almost 40 partners, who subscribed to the program, and we're starting to see, as I said in my earlier remarks, a very good traction with customers. They feel that they have a platform today that they can choose different vendors and different partners, and combine them under one platform. So we are very excited on all of those fronts with Actimize.

Dan Bergstrom -- RBC Capital -- Analyst

Thanks, Barak.

Operator

Next question is coming from the line of Dan Ives with Wedbush. Please proceed. Your line is open.

Dan Ives -- Wedbush -- Analyst

Yes, thanks. Another great quarter. So sort of a follow-up to the last question. I mean Barak, as you're going into sales cycles, are things changing with customers? I mean, are you seeing maybe a year ago in the cloud shift to lot more skepticism, having to do demos, products sort of deep dive, and now today, it's more of a pull rather than a push in terms of just some of the dynamics?

Barak Eilam -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes. I would say that I definitely see this evolution happening. I'll give it like from our perspective, two phases of evolution. And I looking for the -- of course, the next one. I would say that, three years, four years ago -- I would say three years ago with many customers, mainly when you go up market, we still had to educate them about the value of the cloud, and why cloud is better than on-premise, and what is the real cloud, and true cloud, and native cloud on and so forth. That's no longer happening.

Customers, enterprises of all sizes, for all of them it's no longer a question of -- if it's a question of when and how do they move, they all want to move to the cloud. They all understand the difference between different cloud solutions. What is the natively -- native cloud versus something that is more hosted or migrated from on-premise, and they see the value in the native cloud. So that's something that is no longer happening, meaning there is no longer need to sell the value of the cloud. But the second thing that we see, and I believe, it's due to what you've done with CXone. In the past, we still used to think about omnichannel routing and other solutions like WFO and analytics almost separately, two separate purchase cycle. And what we see right now is, the convergence also become -- almost becoming de facto standard, that a customer approach that, as if I go to the cloud, not if, when I go to the cloud, I want omnichannel routing fully integrated, seamlessly integrated into WFO, analytics and digital and few other things, and that's becoming the new de facto standard. So that's the evolution we see in buying behavior, which are, of course, very positive for us.

Dan Ives -- Wedbush -- Analyst

Okay, great. Thanks again.

Barak Eilam -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question is coming from the line of Samad Samana from Jefferies. Please proceed. Your line is open.

Samad Samana -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Hi. Good morning. Thanks for taking my question. Nice quarter. One, if I may, and I have a follow-up for Beth. But Barak, if you can -- there's been a lot of small M&A space, and a lot of changes in terms of strategic partnerships with vendors, etc. So I was just curious how you think about the build versus buy versus partner strategy for -- as far as M&A or technology partnerships go. And maybe, if there is any evolution in the way that NICE is approaching it with all of the changes that are happening in the -- with the rest of the group. Then I have a follow-up. Thank you.

Barak Eilam -- Chief Executive Officer

So, at least from our perspective, we have all of the revenues and we are managing them in a very thoughtful and strategic way, meaning that we both partner in many cases, when we think it makes sense. From time to time, we will acquire in order to own the technology and the assets. And of course, we focused the majority of our effort giving our investment in R&D, inorganic developments. And that's of course our prime focus. We believe we have a great ROI on our organic development.

In regards to those different options, I would say that given that today we have a platform like the CXone platform, and same goes for X-Sight. One of the way that we're approaching that is that it's a very open platform. That is easy to integrate with those partnerships that we have built with the marketplace of X-Sight and the dynamic [Phonetic] change of CXone. Both of them are allowing us to evaluate many of the different players out there to see who is doing well and who's integrating well into our platform. And from time to time, we may decide that it's better to further integrate with them by buying them versus just partnership. And a great example of that is the acquisition that we have done three months ago. It's more, four months ago, with Brand Embassy. We had a many partners with digital engagement capabilities. We sold Brand Embassy, and we saw that they have something very unique, very mature and a one that can give us a major differentiator. Hence, we decided to go and acquire them.

And here we are a few months later, already with two releases of CXone that further embedded Brand Embassy into the platform. And today our customers, who are looking to further integrate digital channels with voice, and managing them in a unified inbox, that created the major differentiation for us in CXone. And I believe more to come, with regards to those digital capabilities from Brand Embassy.

Samad Samana -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Very helpful. And then, Beth, maybe just a follow-up for you. I know partnerships are something that the Company is increasingly talking about in terms of go to market partnerships. Are there any material differences in the unit economics or the lifetime value of a customer that's acquired with using a partner versus direct customer acquisition?

Beth Gaspich -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks for the question Samad. As you mentioned and as Barak highlighted, the partnerships are very important for us overall. But when you look at the unit economics, no, there is really no big difference between the go-to-market strategy there.

Samad Samana -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Okay, great. Thanks for taking my questions.

Operator

Our next question is coming from the line of Walter Pritchard from Citi. Please proceed. Your line is open.

Walter Pritchard -- Citi -- Analyst

Hi. First question for Beth. Just wondering, if you look at the guidance, you have the annual guidance out there, which is about $20 million range. If I look back over the last couple of years, that's actually a wider range than you've left open for the fourth quarter in both revenue and EPS, and your business is more recurring. So you have, I think 74% of the business is now cloud maintenance. What -- is there some -- and you're reporting a week later too, so you have a little bit more visibility in the quarter versus last year. Is there anything that you're kind of embedding in the guide with more uncertainty? Or just trying to get to the bottom of why that range would be wider giving more -- given more recurring revenue.

Beth Gaspich -- Chief Financial Officer

Sure. Thanks for the question, Walter. No, there is nothing embedded there. We remain highly confident about the full year guidance that we provided. We're already through half of the fourth quarter, and we're confident. If you look on the year throughout 2019, we've actually raised guidance on EPS throughout the year and in terms of the top line, we just increased the revenue last quarter. So again, we're highly confident on the full year outlook.

Walter Pritchard -- Citi -- Analyst

Great. Thank you very much.

Operator

The next question is coming from the line of Sanjit Singh from Morgan Stanley. Please proceed. You're live in the call now.

Sanjit Singh -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Thank you for taking the questions, and congrats on the strong cloud results again this quarter. And to that end, Barak, I was wondering if you can give us a sense of the uptake of cloud-based WFO, and cloud-based analytics versus what that you've been seeing maybe a year ago. Any sort of trends on the mix of cloud on the WFO, and the analytics side?

Barak Eilam -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes, sure. So, as I said before, we -- the main change that we see with is the attachment rates, putting together omnichannel routing, WFO, analytics and few other solutions or customer decided to purchase them together. In many cases, we replaced the incumbents in these type of situation. We don't see any dramatic change on the WFO analytics as a stand-alone. Sometime customer decide to go to the cloud, sometime not. And if they decided to go to the cloud, we are actually quite happy, because in terms of the annual run rate from such a customer, it is significantly higher than the on-premise paradigm.

Sanjit Singh -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Thank you. That makes a ton of sense. And then my follow-up question is around RPA. You mentioned in your script that you landed a really nice RPA versus some of the, I would say, may be more well-known competitors in the RPA space. How are you thinking about the RPA opportunity going forward? Do you see RPA as becoming a more material driver of top-line growth as that product or category starts to mature?

Barak Eilam -- Chief Executive Officer

So we see the RPA markets in two way. One is, the fact that it's market by itself, that is well covered and getting traction, and we are a player in this market, well recognized player in this market. And we see a lot of use cases, where we take the RPA technology and embedded into both our platform CXone and X-Sight, where there are a lot of opportunities, both within the contact center and in AML operations for banks, to automate them and make them more autonomous.

With respect to the market itself, I think, it's getting to the point that is a healthy point, that is -- it will soon get to the, I call it, over the highpoint. What we hear from customers is that they've tried it. We try different technologies. They try the concept of the unattended automation, which is basically taking robots with a decent use case of automating very specific, very small micro tasks. But now they understand that the real value is actually with what we believe in, which is the attended automation, which is basically what do you need to do in order to embed robotics capability in the workforce environment, where you put the man and the machine together in a perfect dual play.

And that's where we play. It's much more sophisticated, it requires a much more AI, and it requires a lot of domain expertise that in the markets we play and we believe we have been. So for us the opportunity, as I said, is in both domains, both within our classic markets where we can offer it as part of our suite and get much more for the suites, and become much more strategic, and second is other markets that are very adjacent to our markets, very similar buyers or close buyers to where we play, and we sell it as well.

Operator?

Operator

Our next question is coming from the line of Pat Walravens from JMP Securities. Please proceed. Your line is open now.

Mark Chen -- JMP Securities -- Analyst

Hi. This is Mark for Pat. Thank you so much for taking my question. I was wondering, as customers transition to the cloud, do you also see them changing their communication service provider from legacy solutions to platform like [Indecipherable] and bandwidth?

Barak Eilam -- Chief Executive Officer

Not sure that this is something that I am -- we are familiar with. When we sell our CXone, it's a full contact center as a service platform. In some cases, actually, we will be the one selling some of the -- reselling some of those communication services. Usually it's much lower -- the lower end of the market, the higher end of the market. The customer will decide to procure those outside of our offering.

With respect to, I think one of the players that you have mentioned, they play more in the selling the middleware and some components. We don't tend to see them in the different deals that we compete on.

Mark Chen -- JMP Securities -- Analyst

Okay. Thank you so much.

Operator

Our next question is coming from the line of Tavy Rosner from Barclays. Please proceed. Your line is open now.

Tavy Rosner -- Barclays -- Analyst

Thank you. Just following up on the competitive environment. We've heard other players seeing very good traction, mostly in the cloud. And I was wondering, if you are seeing increased pressure, when you go to market, if you get pushed back, if you have to kind of give up on price to win contract, or was nothing really changed compared to, let's say, a year ago?

Barak Eilam -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you. No, we don't see any dramatic change in the competitive landscape. I think the real change that we see is the fact that the higher end of the market is increasing its pace of adoption. And the other thing as I've mentioned is the customers are looking to buy a platform that is more complete, that have the capabilities of omnichannel routing, digital, WFO and analytics. Hence, the competitive landscape somewhat changing the fact that some players do not have it and they cannot really play in this particular offering.

In terms of the pricing pressure, it's not different from where it was a year ago. I think the customers see great value. Many of the conversations are not just about replacing one solution with another, but further about how we transform customer experience for customers, very strategic discussion. Hence, it's less discussion just about price, much more about value.

Tavy Rosner -- Barclays -- Analyst

Thank you. Much appreciated.

Barak Eilam -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

We do not have any further questions. So I would like to hand back over to Barak now.

Barak Eilam -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you very much all for joining us, and we look forward to speak to you again, next quarter. Thank you.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 47 minutes

Call participants:

Marty Cohen -- Vice President, Investor Relations

Barak Eilam -- Chief Executive Officer

Beth Gaspich -- Chief Financial Officer

Eran Liron -- Executive Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Development

Shaul Eyal -- Oppenheimer -- Analyst

Hannah Rudoff -- D.A. Davidson -- Analyst

Dan Bergstrom -- RBC Capital -- Analyst

Dan Ives -- Wedbush -- Analyst

Samad Samana -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Walter Pritchard -- Citi -- Analyst

Sanjit Singh -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Mark Chen -- JMP Securities -- Analyst

Tavy Rosner -- Barclays -- Analyst

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