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Cloud Drives Strong 2018 Performance and Year-Over-Year Growth

  • Total ACV of $570 million, up 23%
  • Term and Cloud ACV of $300 million, up 40% powered by Cloud Choice™
  • Full Year Pega Cloud revenue up 62%
  • 2019 Guidance: Revenue of $965 million

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — February 20, 2019 — Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company empowering digital transformation at the world’s leading enterprises, released its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2018.

“We had a strong Q4 capping off a terrific year,” said Alan Trefler, founder and CEO, Pegasystems. “Our Cloud Choice offering is clearly resonating with clients and prospects who want the flexibility to run either on Pega Cloud or a Cloud of their choice.”

“The significant acceleration in the shift to subscription has propelled our total ACV to $570 million,” Ken Stillwell, CFO, said. “This continued shift will increase the ongoing predictability of our revenue and cash flow.”

Q4 2018 Earnings

Q4 2018 Earnings

Q4 2018 Earnings

Remaining performance obligations

Revenue for the remaining performance obligations on existing contracts is expected to be recognized as follows:

Q4 2018 Earnings

Guidance for 2019

As of February 20, 2019, we are providing the following guidance:

Q4 2018 Earnings

View the full press release with financials

Quarterly conference call

A conference call and audio-only webcast will be conducted at 5:00 p.m. EST on February 20, 2019.

Members of the public and investors are invited to join the call and participate in the question and answer session by dialing (800) 289-0438 (domestic), (323) 794-2423 (international), or via webcast by logging onto at least five minutes prior to the event's broadcast and clicking on the webcast icon in the investors section.

A replay of the call will also be available on by clicking the earnings calls link in the investors section.

Discussion of non-GAAP financial measures

To supplement the financial results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. (“GAAP”), the Company provides non-GAAP measures, including in this release. Pegasystems’ management utilizes a number of different financial measures, both GAAP and non-GAAP, in analyzing and assessing the overall performance of the business, for making operating decisions, and for forecasting and planning for future periods. The Company’s annual financial plan is prepared on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, and both are approved by our board of directors. In addition, because of the importance of these measures in managing the business, the Company uses non-GAAP measures and financial performance results in the evaluation process to establish management’s compensation.

The non-GAAP measures exclude the effects of certain business combination accounting entries, stock-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets, acquisition-related and restructuring expenses, certain other adjustments, and the related income tax effects. The Company believes these non-GAAP measures are helpful in understanding its past financial performance and its anticipated future results.

These non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures and should be read only in conjunction with the Company’s consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of the Company’s GAAP measures to Non-GAAP measures is included in the financial schedules at the end of this release.

Forward-looking statements

Certain statements contained in this press release may be construed as “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts, and projections about the industry and markets in which we operate, and management’s beliefs and assumptions. In addition, other written or oral statements that constitute forward-looking statements may be made by us or on our behalf. Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “may,” “target,” “strategy,” “is intended to,” “project,” “guidance,” “likely,” “usually,” or variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements.

Important factors that could cause actual future activities and results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements include, among others, variation in demand for our products and services; reliance on third party relationships; reliance on key personnel; the inherent risks associated with international operations and the continued uncertainties in the global economy; our continued effort to market and sell both domestically and internationally; foreign currency exchange rates; the potential legal and financial liabilities and reputation damage due to cyber-attacks and security breaches; and management of our growth. These risks and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements are described more completely in Part I of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, as well as other filings we make with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). These documents are available on the Company’s website at

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release represent the Company’s views as of February 20, 2019. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements and there are no assurances that the results contained in such statements will be achieved. Although new information, future events, or risks may cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law, we do not undertake and specifically disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements whether as the result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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Lisa Pintchman
VP, Corporate Communications
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North America

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Director, Corporate Communications
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Joanna Richardson
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PR & Communications Manager
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