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Pegasystems announces third quarter 2017 financial results

  • Term License and Cloud ACV grew by 23% year over year
  • Term License, Cloud, and Maintenance ACV grew by 17% year over year to $449 million
  • License and Cloud Backlog increases 29% year over year

CAMBRIDGE, MA - November 8, 2017 - Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the leader in software for customer engagement and operational excellence, today announced its financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2017.

“We continue to increase our penetration in the CRM market and see an increasing number of new organizations adopting our software to support their strategic business goals,” said Alan Trefler, founder and CEO, Pegasystems. “We are working to aggressively evolve our go to market strategy. I remain confident in our long term strategy and ability to execute, which is reinforced by many of the positive trends we are seeing, not just in this quarter, but over the last nine months.”

“Our movement to recurring commitments further accelerated in the third quarter of 2017 with a significant increase in our cloud offering,” said Ken Stillwell, CFO, Pegasystems. “This mix shift has contributed to the year over year growth of $65 million in ACV and $104 million in Term license and Cloud backlog. This faster than expected shift to recurring has led to a headwind of over $40 million in revenue and $0.33 in diluted EPS year to date. Nonetheless, we are pleased by this transition to recurring and that our clients are increasing their move to cloud and subscription licensing.”

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 (See Note 2 of our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017) in the first quarter of 2018, we have started tracking Annual Contract Value (“ACV”), a new performance measure.

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Quarterly Conference Call

Pegasystems will host a conference call and audio-only Webcast associated with this announcement at 5:00 p.m. EST today. A live audio Webcast of the conference call, together with detailed financial information, can be accessed through the Company’s Website at www.pega.com/about/investors. Dial-in information is as follows: 1-888-428-9470 (domestic) or 1-719-457-2701 (international). To listen to the Webcast, log onto www.pega.com 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 www.pega.com 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 on both 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 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.

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 our products and services and the difficulty in predicting the completion of product acceptance and other factors affecting the timing of license revenue recognition; reliance on third party relationships; the potential loss of vendor specific objective evidence for our consulting services; the inherent risks associated with international operations and the continued uncertainties in international economies; the Company’s continued effort to market and sell both domestically and internationally; foreign currency exchange rates; the financial impact of 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 Part I of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 as well as other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These documents are available on the Company’s website at http://www.pega.com/about/investors.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release represent the Company’s views as of November 8, 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 November 8, 2017.

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