Twilio Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Results
- Fourth Quarter Revenue of $842.7 million, up 54% Year-Over-Year
- Fourth Quarter Revenue Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate of 126%
- Full Year Revenue of $2.84 billion, up 61% Year-Over-Year
- Full Year Revenue Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate of 131%
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--February 9, 2022--Twilio (NYSE: TWLO) (LTSE: TWLO), the leading cloud communications platform, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021.
“Our fourth quarter capped off an amazing year of results as we delivered more than $2.8 billion in revenue for the year, growing 61% year-over-year,” said Jeff Lawson, Twilio’s Co-Founder and CEO. “The combination of our leading cloud communications platform with Twilio Segment's #1 customer data platform gives Twilio an unparalleled view into the customer journey, and I've never been more excited about the future of the company than I am today."
Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights
- Revenue of $842.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, up 54% year-over-year, including $57.4 million from Twilio Segment, and $31.8 million from Zipwhip. Organic revenue grew 34% year-over-year, and 39% year-over-year when excluding political traffic revenue in both periods.
- GAAP loss from operations of $283.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with GAAP loss from operations of $185.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.
- Non-GAAP loss from operations of $27.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 compared with non-GAAP income from operations of $12.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.
- GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted, of $1.63 based on 178.9 million weighted average shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted, of $1.13 based on 158.4 million weighted average shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2020.
- Non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted, of $0.20 based on 178.9 million non-GAAP weighted average shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with non-GAAP net income per share attributable to common stockholders, diluted, of $0.04 based on 173.1 million non-GAAP weighted average shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Full Year 2021 Financial Highlights
- Revenue of $2.84 billion for the full year 2021, up 61% year-over-year, including $200.9 million from Twilio Segment, and $55.4 million from Zipwhip. Organic revenue1 for the full year grew 42% year-over-year, and 44% year-over-year when excluding political traffic revenue2 in both periods.
- GAAP loss from operations of $915.6 million for the full year 2021, compared with GAAP loss from operations of $492.9 million for the full year 2020.
- Non-GAAP income from operations of $2.5 million for the full year 2021 compared with non-GAAP income from operations of $35.7 million for the full year 2020.
- GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted, of $5.45 based on 174.2 million weighted average shares outstanding in the full year 2021, compared with GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted, of $3.35 based on 146.7 million weighted average shares outstanding in the full year 2020.
- Non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted, of $0.25 based on 174.2 million non-GAAP weighted average shares outstanding in the full year 2021, compared with non-GAAP net income per share attributable to common stockholders, diluted, of $0.23 based on 157.6 million non-GAAP weighted average shares outstanding in the full year 2020.
Key Metrics and Recent Business Highlights
- 256,000 Active Customer Accounts as of December 31, 2021, compared to 221,000 Active Customer Accounts as of December 31, 2020.
- Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate was 126% for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to 139% for the fourth quarter of 2020. Excluding political traffic revenue2 in both periods, dollar-based net expansion rate was 130%. For the full year 2021, Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate was 131%. Excluding political traffic revenue2 in both periods, dollar-based net expansion rate was 133%. Results from acquisitions closed after November 1, 2020, including Twilio Segment and Zipwhip, do not impact the calculation of this metric in either period.
- 7,867 employees as of December 31, 2021.
- Welcomed Eyal Manor as Chief Product Officer and Dana Wagner as Chief Legal Officer.
- Twilio named to Fortune's 2021 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.
- Launched Twilio Ventures, a $50 million fund to unlock the imagination of builders fueling the future of customer engagement.
- Released Twilio Segment's 2021 Growth Report, an exclusive view into how customer data fuels today's high-performing businesses.
Twilio is initiating guidance for the first quarter ending March 31, 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, February 9, 2022, to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2021 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 February 16, a replay will be available by dialing (800) 585-8367 (United States) or +1 (416) 621-4642 (non-U.S.) and entering passcode 80378.
Twilio uses its investor relations website, its Twitter feed (@twilio), and the Twitter feed of Twilio's Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Lawson (@jeffiel), as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.
About Twilio Inc.
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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. For fiscal 2020, Twilio used a projected non-GAAP tax rate of 25%. For fiscal 2021, Twilio uses a projected non-GAAP tax rate of 22%, which reflects currently available information, as well as other factors and assumptions. A non-GAAP provision for income tax effects related to non-GAAP adjustments is calculated for the periods in which Twilio realizes non-GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders. 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 will re-evaluate its long-term rate as appropriate.
Non‑GAAP Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders and Non‑GAAP Net Income Per Share Attributable to Common Stockholders, Basic and Diluted. For the periods presented, Twilio defines non-GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders and non‑GAAP net income 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.
For historical periods through December 31, 2019, Twilio’s Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate compared the revenue from Active Customer Accounts, other than large Active Customer Accounts that have never entered into 12-month minimum revenue commitment contracts with the Company, in a quarter to the same quarter in the prior year. For reporting periods starting with the three months ended March 31, 2020, 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. As a result of the change in calculation of Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate, unless specifically identified as being calculated based on total revenue, any Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rates disclosed by Twilio in SEC filings, press releases and presentations prior to the date of our press release for the three months ended March 31, 2020, will not be directly comparable to Twilio's Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rates going forward.
Source: Twilio Inc.
Organic revenue excludes revenue from Twilio Segment, Zipwhip and all other acquisitions closed after November 1, 2020, and revenue from 10DLC A2P and related fees imposed by major U.S. carriers on Twilio’s core messaging business.
Twilio defines political traffic revenue as revenue generated by active customer accounts that self-identify to Twilio account representatives as using Twilio’s products and services with a primary use case of political communications.
Organic revenue growth guidance excludes revenue from acquisitions that closed after January 1, 2021 and estimated revenues from 10DLC A2P and related fees imposed by major U.S. carriers on Twilio’s core messaging business.
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