- First Quarter Revenue of $875.4 million, up 48% Year-Over-Year
- First Quarter Revenue Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate of 127%
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 4, 2022--Twilio (NYSE: TWLO) (LTSE: TWLO), the customer engagement platform that drives real-time, personalized experiences for today’s leading brands, today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2022.
“We carried our momentum into 2022 and delivered another strong quarter to start the year, with first quarter revenue coming in at $875 million, representing 48% year-over-year growth," said Jeff Lawson, Twilio’s co-founder and CEO. “We continue to improve and scale the fundamentals of our customer engagement platform, and our continued growth at scale further demonstrates the breadth of use cases as businesses everywhere are reimagining the way they work, think, do business and engage with their customers."
First Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights
- Revenue of $875.4 million for the first quarter of 2022, up 48% year-over-year, including $32.2 million from Zipwhip. Organic revenue grew 35% year-over-year.
- GAAP loss from operations of $217.8 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared with GAAP loss from operations of $197.3 million for the first quarter of 2021.
- Non-GAAP income from operations of $5.0 million for the first quarter of 2022 compared with non-GAAP income from operations of $17.3 million for the first quarter of 2021.
- GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted, of $1.23 based on 180.9 million weighted average shares outstanding in the first quarter of 2022, compared with GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted, of $1.24 based on 167.2 million weighted average shares outstanding in the first quarter of 2021.
- Non-GAAP net income per share attributable to common stockholders, diluted, of $0.00 based on 184.5 million non-GAAP weighted average shares outstanding in the first quarter of 2022, compared with non-GAAP net income per share attributable to common stockholders, diluted, of $0.05 based on 180.6 million non-GAAP weighted average shares outstanding in the first quarter of 2021.
- 268,000 Active Customer Accounts as of March 31, 2022, compared to 235,000 Active Customer Accounts as of March 31, 2021.
- Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate was 127% for the first quarter of 2022, compared to 133% for the first quarter of 2021. Results from acquisitions closed after January 1, 2021, including Zipwhip, do not impact the calculation of this metric in either period.
- 8,199 employees as of March 31, 2022.
Executive Leadership Update
The Company also announced that effective May 4, 2022, Elena Donio will become Twilio’s President of Revenue, assuming responsibilities for all go-to-market functions, and as a result, has resigned from her position on Twilio’s Board of Directors. Elena is a remarkable executive and leader, with a career spanning 25 years at multiple tech companies. Elena was previously CEO of Axiom, and prior to that spent the majority of her career at Concur in roles spanning product, go-to-market, general management, and finally, President of SAP Concur, where she oversaw growth and profitability for the entire business. As President of Revenue for Twilio, Elena will be responsible for scaling solution selling, driving leverage in sales, and supporting Twilio’s path to profitability. “I couldn’t be more excited to join Twilio to help accelerate our journey to become the leading customer engagement platform. Having built my career around enterprise sales, marketing leadership, and product innovation, and with a deep understanding of Twilio’s business, team and culture from my six years on Twilio’s Board of Directors, I’m ready to hit the ground running. The chance to work with Jeff, Khozema, our remarkable management team, and the entire Twilio organization to go and capture this market is incredibly invigorating. I can’t wait to get to work,” said Elena Donio, Twilio’s President of Revenue. After a number of discussions with Jeff Lawson, Marc Boroditsky, Twilio’s Chief Revenue Officer, decided to step down from his position, effective immediately, but will stay on for a short time in an advisory capacity to ensure a smooth transition.
Twilio is initiating guidance for the second quarter ending June 30, 2022.
Conference Call Information
Twilio posted prepared remarks on its investor relations website at https://investors.twilio.com, and will host a Q&A conference call today, May 4, 2022, to discuss its first quarter 2022 financial results at 2:00 p.m. (PT) / 5:00 p.m. (ET). Investors and analysts should register for the call in advance by visiting https://conferencingportals.com/event/unKcrkys. A live webcast of the conference call, as well as a replay of the call, will be available on the investor relations website. Following the completion of the call through 11:59 p.m. (ET) on May 11, a replay will be available by dialing (800) 770-2030 (United States) or +1 (647) 362-9199 (non-U.S.) and entering passcode 80378.
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About Twilio Inc.
Today’s leading companies trust Twilio’s Customer Engagement Platform (CEP) to build direct, personalized relationships with their customers everywhere in the world. Twilio’s leading communications APIs enable companies to engage with their customers across voice, conversations, messaging, video and email. Twilio Segment, the leading Customer Data Platform, allows companies to create highly personalized interactions and automated customer profiles based on first-party data from multiple channels. Twilio enables companies to use communications and data to add intelligence to every step of the customer journey, from sales to marketing to growth, customer service and many more engagement use cases in a flexible, programmatic way. Across 180 countries, millions of developers and hundreds of thousands of businesses use Twilio to create magical experiences for their customers.
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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To provide investors and others with additional information regarding Twilio’s results, the following non-GAAP financial measures are disclosed:
Non‑GAAP Gross Profit and Non‑GAAP Gross Margin. For the periods presented, Twilio defines non‑GAAP gross profit and non‑GAAP gross margin as GAAP gross profit and GAAP gross margin, respectively, adjusted to exclude, as applicable, certain expenses as presented in the table below.
Non‑GAAP Operating Expenses. For the periods presented, Twilio defines non‑GAAP operating expenses (including categories of operating expenses) as GAAP operating expenses (and categories of operating expenses) adjusted to exclude, as applicable, certain expenses as presented in the table below.
Non‑GAAP Income (Loss) from Operations and Non‑GAAP Operating Margin. For the periods presented, Twilio defines non‑GAAP income (loss) from operations and non‑GAAP operating margin as GAAP loss from operations and GAAP operating margin, respectively, adjusted to exclude, as applicable, certain expenses as presented in the table below.
Non-GAAP Tax Rate. Twilio utilizes a fixed long-term projected non-GAAP tax rate in order to provide better consistency across the interim reporting periods by eliminating the effects of items that can vary in size and frequency. The non-GAAP tax rate could be subject to change for a variety of reasons, including changes in tax laws and regulations, significant changes in Twilio’s geographic earnings mix, or other changes to Twilio’s strategy or business operations. Twilio re-evaluates its long-term non-GAAP tax rate as appropriate.
Non‑GAAP Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Common Stockholders and Non‑GAAP Net Income (Loss) Per Share Attributable to Common Stockholders, Basic and Diluted. For the periods presented, Twilio defines non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders and non‑GAAP net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted, as GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders and GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted, respectively, adjusted to exclude, as applicable, certain expenses presented in the table below.
Twilio’s management uses the foregoing non-GAAP financial information, collectively, to evaluate its ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. Twilio’s management believes that non-GAAP financial information, when taken collectively, may be helpful to investors because it provides consistency and comparability with past financial performance, facilitates period-to-period comparisons of results of operations, and assists in comparisons with other companies, many of which use similar non-GAAP financial information to supplement their GAAP results. Non‑GAAP financial information is presented for supplemental informational purposes only, should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and may be different from similarly‑titled non‑GAAP measures used by other companies. Whenever Twilio uses a non-GAAP financial measure, a reconciliation is provided to the most closely applicable financial measure stated in accordance with GAAP. Investors are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.
With respect to Twilio’s guidance as provided under “Outlook” above, Twilio has not reconciled its expectations as to non-GAAP income (loss) from operations to GAAP loss from operations or non-GAAP net income (loss) per share to GAAP net loss per share because stock-based compensation expense cannot be reasonably calculated or predicted at this time. Accordingly, a reconciliation is not available without unreasonable effort.
Twilio reviews a number of operating metrics to evaluate its business, measure performance, identify trends, formulate business plans, and make strategic decisions. These include the number of Active Customer Accounts and Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate.
Number of Active Customer Accounts. Twilio believes that the number of Active Customer Accounts is an important indicator of the growth of its business, the market acceptance of its platform and future revenue trends. Twilio defines an Active Customer Account at the end of any period as an individual account, as identified by a unique account identifier, for which Twilio has recognized at least $5 of revenue in the last month of the period. Twilio believes that use of its platform by customers at or above the $5 per month threshold is a stronger indicator of potential future engagement than trial usage of its platform or usage at levels below $5 per month. A single organization may constitute multiple unique Active Customer Accounts if it has multiple account identifiers, each of which is treated as a separate Active Customer Account.
Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate. Twilio’s ability to drive growth and generate incremental revenue depends, in part, on the Company’s ability to maintain and grow its relationships with existing Active Customer Accounts and to increase their use of the platform. An important way in which Twilio has historically tracked performance in this area is by measuring the Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate for Active Customer Accounts. Twilio’s Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate increases when such Active Customer Accounts increase their usage of a product, extend their usage of a product to new applications or adopt a new product. Twilio’s Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate decreases when such Active Customer Accounts cease or reduce their usage of a product or when Twilio lowers usage prices on a product. As Twilio's customers grow their businesses and extend the use of our platform, they sometimes create multiple customer accounts with us for operational or other reasons. As such, when Twilio identifies a significant customer organization (defined as a single customer organization generating more than 1% of revenue in a quarterly reporting period) that has created a new Active Customer Account, this new Active Customer Account is tied to, and revenue from this new Active Customer Account is included with, the original Active Customer Account for the purposes of calculating this metric. Twilio believes that measuring Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate provides a more meaningful indication of the performance of the Company’s efforts to increase revenue from existing customers.
Twilio's Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate compares the total revenue from all Active Customer Accounts in a quarter to the same quarter in the prior year. To calculate the Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate, Twilio first identifies the cohort of Active Customer Accounts that were Active Customer Accounts in the same quarter of the prior year. The Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate is the quotient obtained by dividing the revenue generated from that cohort in a quarter, by the revenue generated from that same cohort in the corresponding quarter in the prior year. When Twilio calculates Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate for periods longer than one quarter, it uses the average of the applicable quarterly Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rates for each of the quarters in such period. Revenue from acquisitions does not impact the Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate calculation until the quarter following the one-year anniversary of the applicable acquisition, unless the acquisition closing date is the first day of a quarter.
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Today's leading companies trust Twilio's Customer Engagement Platform (CEP) to build direct, personalized relationships with their customers everywhere in the world. Twilio enables companies to use communications and data to add intelligence and security to every step of the customer journey, from sales to marketing to growth, customer service and many more engagement use cases in a flexible, programmatic way. Across 180 countries, millions of developers and hundreds of thousands of businesses use Twilio to create magical experiences for their customers. For more information about Twilio (NYSE: TWLO) (LTSE: TWLO), visit: www.twilio.com.