Elastic Reports Strong Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 24, 2021–
Elastic (NYSE: ESTC) (“Elastic”), the company behind Elasticsearch and the Elastic Stack, announced strong results for its third quarter of fiscal 2021 (ended January 31, 2021).
Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenue was $157.1 million, an increase of 39% year-over-year, or 36% on a constant currency basis
  • SaaS revenue was $44.9 million, an increase of 79% year-over-year, or 76% on a constant currency basis
  • Calculated billings was $173.2 million, an increase of 41% year-over-year, or 37% on a constant currency basis
  • Deferred revenue was $334.0 million, an increase of 59% year-over-year
  • GAAP operating loss was $34.5 million; GAAP operating margin was -22%
  • Non-GAAP operating loss was $0.0 million; non-GAAP operating margin was 0%
  • GAAP net loss per share was $0.43; non-GAAP net loss per share was $0.04
  • Operating cash flow was $19.4 million with free cash flow of $18.3 million
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $393.1 million as of January 31, 2021

“We had an excellent third quarter, and once again showed strong execution,” said Shay Banon, Elastic founder and chief executive officer. “We believe continued innovation across our three solutions is critical to global enterprises as they look to build resilience and adapt to the distributed environment of 2021.”
Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Key Metrics and Recent Business Highlights
Key Customer Metrics:

  • Total subscription customer count was over 13,800, compared to over 12,900 in Q2 FY21, and over 10,500 in Q3 FY20
  • Total customer count with Annual Contract Value (ACV) greater than $100,000 was over 670, compared to over 650 in Q2 FY21, and over 570 in Q3 FY20
  • Subscription revenue represented 94% of total revenue
  • Net Expansion Rate continued to be greater than 130%

Product Releases and Other Business Highlights
Elastic released new innovations with version 7.11 across its enterprise search, observability and security solutions that enable customers to optimize for cost, performance, insight and flexibility.
Foundational features in 7.11 that can be leveraged across all three solutions include the general availability of searchable snapshots and the cold data tier to help customers store and search more data while maintaining control over cost and performance. Additional features include the beta of schema on read, which allows customers to discover new data and new workflows by creating a schema on the fly, and the general availability of a new alerting framework, which provides customers with the flexibility to create, manage and monitor alerts across the Elastic Stack.
Expanded capabilities include:
Elastic Enterprise Search

  • Launched the beta of a new web crawler for Elastic App Search that makes content from publicly accessible websites easily searchable
  • Added Box as a content source to Elastic Workplace Search with a prebuilt connector and document-level permissions
  • Extended granular access controls for Elastic Workplace Search with document-level permissions for Atlassian Jira Cloud and Confluence Cloud

Elastic Observability

  • Launched a new service health overview in Elastic APM to accelerate root cause analysis and troubleshooting
  • Introduced a new host details view in the Elastic Metrics app to help users troubleshoot infrastructure issues faster and narrow down next steps of an investigation
  • Added new logging libraries in Elastic Common Schema to provide more context to application troubleshooting workflows by automatically linking logs and traces

Elastic Security

  • Automated detection and operationalized analytics with prebuilt machine learning jobs and detection rules supporting MITRE sub-techniques
  • Streamlined SOC workflows and accelerated response times with more customizable alert notifications and an expanded set of rule actions
  • Updated the Timeline workspace to drive more efficient threat hunting, alert triage and investigations

Elastic Cloud

  • Enhanced cross-cluster replication and cross-cluster search between regions and cloud providers to break down data silos and improve search performance
  • Scaled and streamlined cloud operations with autoscaling of data and machine learning nodes
  • Launched support for the new cold data tier to retain more data for longer at the same cost

Other Business Highlights

  • Moved our Apache 2.0-licensed source code in Elasticsearch and Kibana to be dual licensed under the Elastic License v2 and the Server Side Public License
  • Appointed Ashutosh Kulkarni as chief product officer
  • Delivered eight regional virtual ElasticON events, exhibited at AWS re:Invent and Black Hat Europe, and sponsored the DeveloperWeek Virtual Conference
  • Raised more than $400,000 on Giving Tuesday through the Elastic Cares initiative, an employee-match giving program

Financial Outlook
The Company is providing the following guidance:
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 (ending April 30, 2021):

  • Total revenue is expected to be between $158 million and $159 million
  • Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be between -8.5% and -7.5%
  • Non-GAAP net loss per share is expected to be between $0.18 and $0.15, assuming between 90.5 million and 91.5 million weighted average ordinary shares outstanding

For fiscal 2021 (ending April 30, 2021):

  • Total revenue is expected to be between $589 million and $590 million
  • Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be between -3.3% and -3.0%
  • Non-GAAP net loss per share is expected to be between $0.19 and $0.16, assuming between 87 million and 88 million weighted average ordinary shares outstanding

We continue to believe it is prudent to expect some near-term business headwinds as the economic impact from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic further unfolds. As such, our guidance includes the expected impact of the COVID‑19 pandemic on our business and results of operations based on information available to us today.
See the section titled “Forward-Looking Statements” below for information on the factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially. 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 the costs and expenses that may be incurred in the future. These items necessary to reconcile such non-GAAP measures could be material and have a significant impact on the Company’s results computed in accordance with GAAP.
Conference Call and Webcast
Elastic’s executive management team will host a conference call today at 2:00 p.m. PT/ 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss the Company’s financial results and business outlook. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available on Elastic’s Investor Relations website at ir.elastic.co. Slides will accompany the webcast. The replay of the webcast and slides will be available for two months.
About Elastic
Elastic is a search company built on a free and open heritage. Anyone can use Elastic products and solutions to get started quickly and frictionlessly. Elastic offers three solutions for enterprise search, observability, and security, built on one technology stack that can be deployed anywhere. From finding documents to monitoring infrastructure to hunting for threats, Elastic makes data usable in real time and at scale. Founded in 2012, Elastic is a distributed company with Elasticians around the globe. Learn more at elastic.co.
Elastic and associated marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Elastic N.V. and its subsidiaries. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to Elastic’s financial results as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP are included at the end of this press release following the accompanying financial data. For a description of these non-GAAP financial measures, including the reasons management uses each measure, please see the section of this press release titled “About Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial risk and uncertainties, which include, but are not limited to, our expected financial results for the fiscal quarter and the fiscal year ending April 30, 2021, our expectations regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, our assessments of the strength of our solutions and products, the expected performance or benefits of our offerings, and our expectations regarding the benefits of our investments. These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Our expectations and beliefs in light of currently available information regarding these matters may not materialize. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements due to uncertainties, risks, and changes in circumstances, including but not limited to those related to: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the macroeconomic environment, on our business, operations, hiring and financial results, and on businesses of our customers and partners, including their spending priorities, the effect of lockdowns, restrictions and new regulations; our future financial performance, including our expectations regarding our revenue, cost of revenue, gross profit or gross margin, operating expenses (which include changes in sales and marketing, research and development and general and administrative expenses), and our ability to achieve and maintain future profitability; our ability to continue to deliver and improve our offerings and develop new offerings, including security-related product and SaaS offerings; customer acceptance and purchase of our existing offerings and new offerings, including the expansion and adoption of our SaaS offerings; our inability to realize value from investments in the business, including R&D investments; our ability to maintain and expand our user and customer base; the impact of our licensing model on the use and adoption of our software; the impact of foreign currency exchange rate and interest rate fluctuations on our results; our international expansion strategy; our operating results and cash flows; our beliefs and objectives for future operations; the sufficiency of our capital resources; our ability to successfully execute our go-to-market strategy, including by expanding our relationships with our partners, and expand in our existing markets and into new markets, and our ability to forecast customer retention and expansion; and general market, political, economic and business conditions (including developments and volatility arising from the COVID-19 pandemic).
Any additional or unforeseen effect from the COVID-19 pandemic may exacerbate these risks. Additional risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially are included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2020 and any subsequent reports filed with the SEC. SEC filings are available on the Investor Relations section of Elastic’s website at ir.elastic.co and the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Elastic assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements, except as required by law.
Contact Information
Anthony Luscri
Elastic Investor Relations
ir@elastic.co
(650) 695-1055
Lisa Boughner
Elastic Corporate Communications
lisa.boughner@elastic.co

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended January 31,   Nine Months Ended January 31,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
Revenue              
License – self-managed $ 15,280     $ 14,495     $ 45,673     $ 36,674  
Subscription – self-managed and SaaS 131,969     89,703     357,127     241,593  
Total subscription revenue 147,249     104,198     402,800     278,267  
Professional services 9,866     8,983     28,079     25,730  
Total revenue 157,115     113,181     430,879     303,997  
Cost of revenue              
Cost of license – self-managed 346     347     1,039     602  
Cost of subscription – self-managed and SaaS 31,426     23,196     86,464     60,832  
Total cost of revenue – subscription 31,772     23,543     87,503     61,434  
Cost of professional services 10,196     9,862     27,744     26,983  
Total cost of revenue 41,968     33,405     115,247     88,417  
Gross profit 115,147     79,776     315,632     215,580  
Operating expenses              
Research and development 51,400     46,119     143,766     119,779  
Sales and marketing 71,087     54,829     191,712     160,860  
General and administrative 27,121     21,096     72,555     71,472  
Total operating expenses 149,608     122,044     408,033     352,111  
Operating loss (34,461 )   (42,268 )   (92,401 )   (136,531 )
Other income (expense), net (1) (2,377 )   (1,339 )   8,424     1,276  
Loss before income taxes (36,838 )   (43,607 )   (83,977 )   (135,255 )
Provision for income taxes 1,136     674     2,156     768  
Net loss $ (37,974 )   $ (44,281 )   $ (86,133 )   $ (136,023 )
Net loss per share attributable to ordinary shareholders, basic and diluted $ (0.43 )   $ (0.55 )   $ (1.00 )   $ (1.75 )
Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per share attributable to ordinary shareholders, basic and diluted 88,341,038     80,737,237     86,296,028     77,713,604  

(1) Includes a foreign currency transaction loss of $2.3 million and a foreign currency transaction gain of $8.3 million for the three and nine months ended January 31, 2021, respectively, arising primarily from foreign exchange remeasurement of intercompany balances. Intercompany balances are eliminated on consolidation.

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
Assets As of
January 31, 2021
  As of
April 30, 2020
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 393,134     $ 297,081  
Restricted cash 2,355     2,308  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for credit losses of $1,831 and $1,247 as of January 31, 2021 and April 30, 2020, respectively 120,049     128,690  
Deferred contract acquisition costs 29,596     19,537  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 28,906     32,623  
Total current assets 574,040     480,239  
Property and equipment, net 8,665     7,760  
Goodwill 198,665     197,877  
Operating lease right-of-use assets 29,340     32,783  
Intangible assets, net 39,823     50,455  
Deferred contract acquisition costs, non-current 42,591     24,012  
Deferred tax assets 3,970     3,164  
Other assets 2,886     7,621  
Total assets $ 899,980     $ 803,911  
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 5,825     $ 11,485  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 25,224     22,210  
Accrued compensation and benefits 42,507     48,409  
Operating lease liabilities 8,176     7,639  
Deferred revenue 289,689     243,324  
Total current liabilities 371,421     333,067  
Deferred revenue, non-current 44,321     16,378  
Operating lease liabilities, non-current 23,769     27,827  
Other liabilities, non-current 4,888     12,992  
Total liabilities 444,399     390,264  
Commitments and contingencies      
Shareholders’ equity:      
Convertible preference shares, €0.01 par value; 165,000,000 shares authorized, 0 shares issued and outstanding as of January 31, 2021 and April 30, 2020      
Ordinary shares, par value €0.01 per share: 165,000,000 shares authorized; 89,644,940 shares issued and outstanding as of January 31, 2021 and 82,856,978 shares issued and outstanding as of April 30, 2020 937     856  
Treasury stock (369 )   (369 )
Additional paid-in capital 1,033,598     898,788  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (8,568 )   (1,377 )
Accumulated deficit (570,017 )   (484,251 )
Total shareholders’ equity 455,581     413,647  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 899,980     $ 803,911  
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended
January 31,
  Nine Months Ended
January 31,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
Cash flows from operating activities              
Net loss (1) $ (37,974 )   $ (44,281 )   $ (86,133 )   $ (136,023 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash provided by (used in) operating activities:              
Depreciation and amortization 4,290     5,235     12,856     8,573  
Amortization of deferred contract acquisition costs 10,282     6,660     28,455     20,581  
Non-cash operating lease cost 1,822     2,156     5,256     5,170  
Stock-based compensation expense 25,227     15,588     65,305     42,775  
Non-cash acquisition expense settled with shares             8,834  
Deferred income taxes (2 )   50     (288 )   (621 )
Foreign currency transaction (gains) loss (2) 1,461         (9,463 )    
Other 22     809     11     1,132  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:              
Accounts receivable, net 15,183     6,023     15,246     10,873  
Deferred contract acquisition costs (16,740 )   (9,416 )   (54,612 )   (26,441 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,717     (3,526 )   4,817     (4,345 )
Other assets 1,197     1,874     5,237     3,780  
Accounts payable (3,683 )   2,900     (6,321 )   7,104  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 2,757     (1,852 )   1,696     1,520  
Accrued compensation and benefits (5,168 )   (12,837 )   (5,859 )   3,377  
Operating lease liabilities (1,867 )   (1,798 )   (5,402 )   (4,586 )
Deferred revenue 18,877     9,188     53,309     33,666  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (3) 19,401     (23,227 )   24,110     (24,631 )
Cash flows from investing activities              
Purchases of property and equipment (1,076 )   (1,007 )   (2,732 )   (4,237 )
Business acquisition, net of cash acquired             (24,373 )
Other         1,320      
Net cash used in investing activities (1,076 )   (1,007 )   (1,412 )   (28,610 )
Cash flows from financing activities              
Proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares upon exercise of stock options 22,324     11,054     67,554     50,622  
Payment of withholding taxes related to acquisition expense settled in shares             (2,834 )
Repayment of notes payable     (30 )       (90 )
Net cash provided by financing activities 22,324     11,024     67,554     47,698  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash 3,529     2,029     5,848     1,630  
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash 44,178     (11,181 )   96,100     (3,913 )
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of period 351,311     307,548     299,389     300,280  
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period $ 395,489     $ 296,367     $ 395,489     $ 296,367  

(1) Includes foreign currency transaction losses of $1.5 million and gains of $9.5 million for the three and nine months ended January 31, 2021, respectively, arising primarily from foreign exchange remeasurement of intercompany balances. Intercompany balances are eliminated on consolidation.
(2) Removes the foreign currency transaction losses of $1.5 million and gains of $9.5 million for the three and nine months ended January 31, 2021, respectively, included in net loss.
(3) Unaffected by foreign currency transaction gains.

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REVENUE BY TYPE
(amounts in thousands, except percentages)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended January 31,   Nine Months Ended January 31,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
  Amount   % of
Total
Revenue
  Amount   % of
Total
Revenue
  Amount   % of
Total
Revenue
  Amount   % of
Total
Revenue
Self-managed subscription $ 102,320   65%   $ 79,105   70%   $ 287,816   66%   $ 214,947   71%
License 15,280   10%   14,495   13%   45,673   11%   36,674   12%
Subscription 87,040   55%   64,610   57%   242,143   55%   178,273   59%
SaaS 44,929   29%   25,093   22%   114,984   27%   63,320   21%
Total subscription revenue 147,249   94%   104,198   92%   402,800   93%   278,267   92%
Professional services 9,866   6%   8,983   8%   28,079   7%   25,730   8%
Total revenue $ 157,115   100%   $ 113,181   100%   $ 430,879   100%   $ 303,997   100%
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RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP DATA
CALCULATED BILLINGS
(amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended January 31,   Nine Months Ended January 31,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
Total revenue $ 157,115     $ 113,181   $ 430,879     $ 303,997  
Add: Increase in deferred revenue 18,877     9,188   53,309     33,666  
Less: Decrease (increase) in unbilled accounts receivable (2,790 )   535   (3,214 )   (64 )
Calculated billings $ 173,202     $ 122,904   $ 480,974     $ 337,599  
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RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP DATA
FREE CASH FLOW
(amounts in thousands, except percentages)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended January 31,   Nine Months Ended January 31,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities $ 19,401     $ (23,227 )   $ 24,110     $ (24,631 )
Less: Purchases of property and equipment (1,076 )   (1,007 )   (2,732 )   (4,237 )
Free cash flow $ 18,325     $ (24,234 )   $ 21,378     $ (28,868 )
Net cash used in investing activities $ (1,076 )   $ (1,007 )   $ (1,412 )   $ (28,610 )
Net cash provided by financing activities $ 22,324     $ 11,024     $ 67,554     $ 47,698  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (as a percentage of total revenue) 13  %   (20 )%   6  %   (8 )%
Less: Purchases of property and equipment (as a percentage of total revenue) (1 )%   (1 )%   (1 )%   (1 )%
Free cash flow margin 12  %   (21 )%   5  %   (9 )%
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RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP DATA
(amounts in thousands, except percentages, share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended January 31,   Nine Months Ended January 31,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
Gross Profit Reconciliation:              
GAAP gross profit $ 115,147     $ 79,776     $ 315,632     $ 215,580  
Stock-based compensation expense 3,198     1,887     8,352     4,947  
Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions 589     37     911     457  
Amortization of acquired intangibles 2,110     3,007     6,328     4,659  
Non-GAAP gross profit $ 121,044     $ 84,707     $ 331,223     $ 225,643  
Gross Margin Reconciliation (1):              
GAAP gross margin 73.3 %   70.5 %   73.3 %   70.9 %
Stock-based compensation expense 2.0 %   1.7 %   1.9 %   1.6 %
Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions 0.4 %   0.0 %   0.2 %   0.2 %
Amortization of acquired intangibles 1.3 %   2.7 %   1.5 %   1.5 %
Non-GAAP gross margin 77.0 %   74.8 %   76.9 %   74.2 %
Operating Loss Reconciliation:              
GAAP operating loss $ (34,461 )   $ (42,268 )   $ (92,401 )   $ (136,531 )
Stock-based compensation expense 25,227     15,588     65,305     42,775  
Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions 5,685     739     10,436     6,648  
Amortization of acquired intangibles 3,538     4,458     10,630     6,518  
Acquisition-related expenses     1,328         17,762  
Non-GAAP operating loss $ (11 )   $ (20,155 )   $ (6,030 )   $ (62,828 )
Operating Margin Reconciliation (1):              
GAAP operating margin (21.9 )%   (37.3 )%   (21.4 )%   (44.9 )%
Stock-based compensation expense 16.1  %   13.8  %   15.2  %   14.1  %
Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions 3.6  %   0.7  %   2.4  %   2.2  %
Amortization of acquired intangibles 2.3  %   3.9  %   2.5  %   2.1  %
Acquisition-related expenses 0.0  %   1.2  %   0.0  %   5.8  %
Non-GAAP operating margin 0.0  %   (17.8 )%   (1.4 )%   (20.7 )%
Net Loss Reconciliation:              
GAAP net loss $ (37,974 )   $ (44,281 )   $ (86,133 )   $ (136,023 )
Stock-based compensation expense 25,227     15,588     65,305     42,775  
Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions 5,685     739     10,436     6,648  
Amortization of acquired intangibles 3,538     4,458     10,630     6,518  
Acquisition-related expenses     1,328         17,762  
Income tax (2) (427 )   (51 )   (577 )   (1,165 )
Non-GAAP net loss $ (3,951 )   $ (22,219 )   $ (339 )   $ (63,485 )
Non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to ordinary shareholders, basic and diluted $ (0.04 )   $ (0.28 )   $     $ (0.82 )
Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per share attributable to ordinary shareholders, basic and diluted 88,341,038     80,737,237     86,296,028     77,713,604  

(1) Totals may not sum, due to rounding. Gross margin, operating margin, and earnings per share are calculated based upon the respective underlying, non-rounded data.
(2) Non-GAAP financial information for the quarter is adjusted for a tax rate equal to our annual estimated tax rate on non-GAAP income. This rate is based on our estimated annual GAAP income tax rate forecast, adjusted to account for items excluded from GAAP income in calculating the non-GAAP financial measures presented above as well as significant tax adjustments. Our estimated tax rate on non-GAAP income is determined annually and may be adjusted during the year to take into account events or trends that we believe materially impact the estimated annual rate including, but not limited to, significant changes resulting from tax legislation, material changes in the geographic mix of revenue and expenses and other significant events. Due to the differences in the tax treatment of items excluded from non-GAAP earnings, as well as the methodology applied to our estimated annual tax rates as described above, our estimated tax rate on non-GAAP income may differ from our GAAP tax rate and from our actual tax liabilities.

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RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP DATA
(amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended January 31,   Nine Months Ended January 31,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
Cost of revenue reconciliation:              
GAAP cost of license – self-managed $ 346     $ 347     $ 1,039     $ 602  
Amortization of acquired intangibles (346 )   (347 )   (1,039 )   (602 )
Non-GAAP cost of license – self -managed $     $     $     $  
GAAP cost of subscription – self-managed and SaaS $ 31,426     $ 23,196     $ 86,464     $ 60,832  
Stock-based compensation expense (1,839 )   (1,008 )   (5,065 )   (2,869 )
Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions (267 )   (21 )   (487 )   (321 )
Amortization of acquired intangibles (1,764 )   (2,660 )   (5,289 )   (4,057 )
Non-GAAP cost of subscription – self-managed and SaaS $ 27,556     $ 19,507     $ 75,623     $ 53,585  
GAAP cost of professional services $ 10,196     $ 9,862     $ 27,744     $ 26,983  
Stock-based compensation expense (1,359 )   (879 )   (3,287 )   (2,078 )
Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions (322 )   (16 )   (424 )   (136 )
Non-GAAP cost of professional services $ 8,515     $ 8,967     $ 24,033     $ 24,769  
Operating expenses reconciliation:              
GAAP research and development expense $ 51,400     $ 46,119     $ 143,766     $ 119,779  
Stock-based compensation expense (9,516 )   (6,256 )   (24,309 )   (17,087 )
Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions (1,243 )   (238 )   (2,702 )   (1,886 )
Acquisition-related expenses             (34 )
Non-GAAP research and development expense $ 40,641     $ 39,625     $ 116,755     $ 100,772  
GAAP sales and marketing expense $ 71,087     $ 54,829     $ 191,712     $ 160,860  
Stock-based compensation expense (8,372 )   (4,540 )   (22,519 )   (13,506 )
Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions (1,723 )   (335 )   (3,494 )   (2,816 )
Amortization of acquired intangibles (1,428 )   (1,451 )   (4,302 )   (1,859 )
Acquisition-related expenses     (395 )       (508 )
Non-GAAP sales and marketing expenses $ 59,564     $ 48,108     $ 161,397     $ 142,171  
GAAP general and administrative expense $ 27,121     $ 21,096     $ 72,555     $ 71,472  
Stock-based compensation expense (4,141 )   (2,905 )   (10,125 )   (7,235 )
Employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions (2,130 )   (129 )   (3,329 )   (1,489 )
Acquisition-related expenses     (933 )       (17,220 )
Non-GAAP general and administrative expense $ 20,850     $ 17,129     $ 59,101     $ 45,528  

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to our results determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we believe the non-GAAP measures listed below are useful in evaluating our operating performance. We use these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate our ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. We believe that non-GAAP financial information, when taken collectively, may be helpful to investors because it provides consistency and comparability with past financial performance. However, non-GAAP financial information is presented for supplemental informational purposes only, has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In particular, free cash flow is not a substitute for cash used in operating activities. Additionally, the utility of free cash flow as a measure of our liquidity is further limited as it does not represent the total increase or decrease in our cash balance for a given period. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate similarly-titled non-GAAP measures differently or may use other measures to evaluate their performance, all of which could reduce the usefulness of our non-GAAP financial measures as tools for comparison. A reconciliation of our historical non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable financial measure stated in accordance with U.S. GAAP has been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release. Investors are cautioned that there are a number of limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures and key metrics as analytical tools. Investors are encouraged to review these reconciliations, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business.
Non-GAAP Gross Profit and Non-GAAP Gross Margin
We define non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP gross margin as GAAP gross profit and GAAP gross margin, respectively, excluding stock-based compensation expense, employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions, and amortization of acquired intangible assets. We believe non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP gross margin provide our management and investors consistency and comparability with our past financial performance and facilitate period-to-period comparisons of operations, as these metrics generally eliminate the effects of certain variables from period to period for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance.
Non-GAAP Operating Loss and Non-GAAP Operating Margin
We define non-GAAP operating loss and non-GAAP operating margin as GAAP operating loss and GAAP operating margin, respectively, excluding stock-based compensation expense, employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions, amortization of acquired intangible assets, and acquisition-related expenses. We believe non-GAAP operating loss and non-GAAP operating margin provide our management and investors consistency and comparability with our past financial performance and facilitate period-to-period comparisons of operations, as these metrics generally eliminate the effects of certain variables from period to period for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance.
Non-GAAP Net Loss Per Share
We define non-GAAP net loss per share as GAAP net loss per share, excluding stock-based compensation expense, employer payroll taxes on employee stock transactions, amortization of acquired intangible assets, acquisition-related expenses and the tax effects related to the foregoing. We believe non-GAAP net loss per share provides our management and investors consistency and comparability with our past financial performance and facilitates period-to-period comparisons of operations, as this metric generally eliminates the effects of certain variables from period to period for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance.
Free Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow Margin
Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that we define as net cash (used in) provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment. Free cash flow margin is calculated as free cash flow divided by total revenue. We believe that free cash flow and free cash flow margin are useful indicators of liquidity that provide information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated from our core operations that, after the purchases of property and equipment, can be used for strategic initiatives, including investing in our business and selectively pursuing acquisitions and strategic investments.
Calculated Billings
We define calculated billings as total revenue plus the increase in total deferred revenue as presented on or derived from our consolidated statements of cash flows less the (increase) decrease in total unbilled accounts receivable in a given period. Calculated billings exclude deferred revenue and unbilled accounts receivable acquired through acquisitions in the period of acquisition. We typically invoice our customers annually in advance, and to a lesser extent multi-year in advance, quarterly in advance, monthly in advance, monthly in arrears or upon delivery. Our management uses calculated billings to understand and evaluate our near-term cash flows and operating results.
Constant Currency
We compare the percent change in certain results from one period to another period using constant currency information to provide a framework for assessing how our business performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. In presenting this information, current and comparative prior period results are converted into United States dollars at the exchange rates in effect on the last day of our prior fiscal year, rather than the actual exchange rates in effect during the respective periods.
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Elastic Investor Relations
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Elastic Corporate Communications
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