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Pegasystems announces second quarter 2017 financial results

  • License and Cloud Backlog increases 32% year over year
  • First half revenue growth of 15% coupled with operating margin expansion
  • Record operating cash flow of $86 million in first half of 2017

CAMBRIDGE, MA - August 9, 2017 - Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company empowering customer engagement at the world’s leading enterprises, today announced its second quarter and first half 2017 financial results.

“The first half of 2017 has created a great foundation for the year,” said Alan Trefler, founder and CEO, Pegasystems. “We’re excited about the reception of our CRM capabilities and see a good mix of business between our applications and platform. We’re entering the second half of the year with tremendous momentum coming out of PegaWorld, our largest customer engagement and sales event to date, and we are very pleased with how the new products and partnerships we launched there are being received.”

“We’re very pleased with our first half results,” said Ken Stillwell, CFO, Pegasystems, “with revenue growth outpacing spending. In the second quarter we continued to see a higher than historical mix of recurring, which increases our longer-term visibility and predictability, and contributed to a 32% increase in license and cloud backlog compared to a year ago.”

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Impact of New Revenue Standard: Historically, Recurring Revenue and License and Cloud Backlog have been our primary performance metrics. However, due to the change in the revenue recognition patterns of term license arrangements as a result of the expected implementation of the new revenue accounting standard (ASC 606 “Revenue from Contracts with Customers”) in the first quarter of 2018, we have started tracking the performance measure Annualized Contract Value (“ACV”). The change in ACV measures the growth and predictability of future cash flows from committed term license, cloud, and maintenance arrangements as of the end of the particular reporting period. Additional information about our future adoption of the new revenue standard and its impact can be found in Note 2. “New Accounting Pronouncements” contained in Item 1 of the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Recurring Revenue and Total License, Cloud, and Maintenance Revenue

License and Cloud Backlog(1): The Company computes license and cloud backlog by adding deferred license and cloud revenue as recorded on the Company’s balance sheet and license and cloud contractual commitments, which are not yet billed and not recorded on its balance sheet.

Annualized Contract Value (ACV): The change in ACV measures the growth and predictability of future cash flows from committed term license, cloud, and maintenance arrangements as of the end of the particular reporting period.

ACV is the sum of the following two components:

  • Term and Cloud contract value divided by the number of committed contract years
  • Quarterly Maintenance revenue reported for the three months ended multiplied by 4.

Quarterly Conference Call

Pegasystems will host a conference call and audio-only Webcast associated with this announcement at 5:00 p.m. EDT today. A live audio Webcast of the conference call, together with detailed financial information, can be accessed through the Company’s Website at Dial-in information is as follows: 1-877-705-6003 (domestic) or 1-201-493-6725 (international). To listen to the Webcast, log onto at least five minutes prior to the event’s broadcast and click 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 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 both on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, and both are approved by our board of directors. In addition and as a consequence 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 acquired intangibles, acquisition-related and restructuring expenses, and certain other adjustments. The Company believes that 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 to non-GAAP measures is included in the financial schedules at the end of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

“Safe harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: 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 the Company’s 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. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict. 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 the Company’s products and services and the difficulty in predicting the completion of product acceptance and other factors affecting the timing of license revenue recognition; the ongoing consolidation in the financial services, insurance, healthcare, and communications markets; reliance on third party relationships; the potential loss of vendor specific objective evidence for the Company’s consulting services; the inherent risks associated with international operations and the continued uncertainties in international economies; foreign currency exchange rates; the financial impact of the Company’s past acquisitions and any future acquisitions; the potential legal and financial liabilities and reputation damage due to cyber-attacks and security breaches; and management of the Company’s 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 the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.

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 August 9, 2017. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements and there are no assurances that the matters contained in such statements will be achieved. Although subsequent events may cause the Company’s view to change, except as required by applicable law, the Company does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements whether as the result of new information, future events or otherwise. The statements should therefore not be relied upon as representing the Company’s view as of any date subsequent to August 9, 2017.

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