Datadog Q4 2020 Conference Call Notes

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Olivier Pomel – CEO
– continue to introduce new products at a high velocity
– ended year with 2185 employees globally, +56% YoY, high growth in go to market and R&D teams
– very large growing market opportunity
– revenue 178M, +56% YoY and above high end of guidance range
ended with 97 customers of 1M+ ARR, almost doubled from 50 last year, and 3x amount in 2019
– 1,253 customers with 100k+ ARR customers, up from 858 last year, contributes 75%+ of ARR
– 14,200 customers up from about 10,500 last year
– added about 1,100 customers in the Q, 1,000 was added in Q3
– capital efficient, FCF 17M, DBNRR 130%+
– customers increasing usage and adding newer products
– full year 603M revenue, +66% YoY, above high end of guidance, free cash flow 83M or margin of 14% for the year
– execution very strong, record ARR added, strong enterprise sales channel
– record 1M+ ARR customers added in the Q
– growth of existing customers was robust as customers of all sizes continue to grow usage
– increased consumption and cross selling
– Q4 growth broadly in line with pre-covid trends
– churn remained very low and consistent with pre-pandemic rates
– platform strategy continues to win and resonate in the market
72% of customers using 2 or more products, up from 58% last year
22% of customers using 4 or more products, up from 10% last year
– 75% of new logos landed with 2 or more products
– good uptake of newest products, NPM, run and security, each of which has reached a lot of customers in short time
– frictionless adoption for a more integrated platform is a key value prop
– 2 acquisitions, Sqreen SaaS based security based platform that enables to detect, block and respond to attacks
– Sqreen provides runtime application protection, in app protection WAF
– acquisition of Timber Technologies developers of Vector, vendor agnostic observability performant data pipeline
– Vector works on-prem and in the cloud, technology to further empower observability data
– launched incident management product which allows users to declare incidents
– can collaborate without leaving DataDog
– 60 capabilities and features delivered across the product
new and enhanced integrations such as Snowflake and Oracle Cloud
– currently have 9 general availability products, 4 years ago only had one product
– have built the most complete, integrated, cloud native observability platform
– the integrated platform is extensible to new use cases
– feeling that they are just getting started
– doubling down on building out our platform for observability, core market alone is very big opportunity
– growing quickly with re-platforming digital architectures
– still early in this transition
– growing out new products while building upon existing products
just getting started in security
– security is very large opportunity with long runway of platform development
– silos between Dev/Sec/Ops
– trying to invest in platform
– building out develop marketplace and have strategic partnerships with all of the major cloud vendors
– announced expansion of partnerships with Azure and GCP last Q, which should be in the market in 2021
– most uses cases to solve for customers than the current offerings
– very strong quarter for go to market strategy
– seven figure ARR increasing from businesses that benefit from covid such as a large commerce platform, global video game company
– still good deals with companies negatively impacted by covid, including 7 figure upsell to a travel company
– a six figure upsell to two separate airlines
– shows impacted industries are still investing heavily in operations
– other key wins, two seven figure lands with Fortune 100 companies, a retailor and an insurance company
– both companies were struggling with teams in different silos
– seven figure land from streaming sports platform in Asia which was enabled by new Datadog program
– they adopted the full data platform, previous APM provider suffered from ‘blind spots’, samplings, and a lack of integrations
– 7 figure land SaaS, wanted to have engineers build more products
– 1M upsell replacing legacy solutions and get visibility, expansion benefitted from marketplace offering, integrated with Office 365
– Outlook, markets trends driving the business so far have only gotten stronger
– business must be digital first like never before

David Obstler – CFO
– strong top an bottom line results amongst a difficult macro backdrop
– rev 177.5M, up +56% YoY, against a challenging year ago comp
– new logo generation was very strong, usage trends solid, platform traction continued to be strong
– churn was in line or better than historical norms
both new logo ARR and the number of new logos were records for Datadog, showing strong growth versus a year ago
– given usage based model, new logo wins do not immediately translate to revenue
– growth of existing customers was robust, DBNRR above 130%+ for the 14th consecutive Q
– pleased with usage growth of existing customers, continued adoption of platform and cloud migration
– some tricky issues with the Q2 revenue last year that will impact comps
– over 70% using 2 or more products, and 22 customers using 4 or more products
– DB gross retention rate in low to mid 90s
– billings 219M, +68% YoY, pro-forma earnings growth was 61% YoY (6 million dollar charge changing comps)
– RPO 434M, up 78%
– both billings and contract duration extended in the Q, strong annual and some multi-year contracts
– multi-year commits still billed annually
– they do not press sales to go for long term deals because high NRR anyways
– current RPO growth is strong in the mid-sixties, similar to billings growth
– billings/RPO affected by timing, while revenue incorporates customer usage
– income statement, all metrics non-gaap
– gross profit 136.7M, gross margin 78%, was 79% last Q, and 78% in year ago period
– the gross margin lost sequentially was due to inefficiencies in investments in product and platform innovation
– prioritizing product development and innovation, and build out cloud data centers in newer geographies
– R&D 53.5M 30% revenue, compared with 27% in the year ago Q
– investing and high growth of engineering head count, 370 new engineers over course of 2020, attracting talent
– S&M 52.5M 30% revenue, compared with 35% in the year ago Q
– still investing in sales and marketing, but pace of revenue growth is faster
– no in person tradeshows or marketing events
– while investing in advertising still, they money was not spend as before on a one to one ratio
– G&A 13.5M 8% revenue, compared with 9% in the year ago Q
– operating income 18.1M, 10% operating margin, compare to 7.9M and 7% margin in the year ago period
– leverage from lowered expenses due to less travel
– headcount growth was in line with revenue growth in the Q
– non-gaap net income 19.1M .06/share
– balance sheet and cash flow, 1.5B cash, cash from operations was 23.8M this Q
– free cash flow was 16.7M, margin 9%, for the full year free cash flow was 83.2M, 14% margin
– outlook, Q1 185-187M +42% YoY, non-gaap operating income 8-10M, .02-.03/share
– full year 825M-835M +38% YoY, non-gaap operating income 35-45M, .10-.14/share
– embedded in the guidance are prudent assumptions on growth of existing customers as well as new logo wins
– guidance reflects current macro economic uncertainties
– investing to optimize for long term growth
– aggressive investments for R&D and go to market
– model assumes return to office, travel and other pandemic related items go back to normal in 2nd half year
– Timber Technologies has no impact to guidance, Sqreen 260M purchase, 25% of the payment was deferred in a mix of cash/stock
– Sqreen expected to be immaterial to revenue for 2021
– resolving some issue with convertible notes, gaap numbers should be closer to non-gaap now
– pleased with results, good sales and innovation, users consuming more and adding products, even greater confidence in 2021

– headwinds in Q2 do create a drag on the revenue growth, but will be easier comp going forward
– Sqreen for application security, Datadog APM already going to heart of the application and can inject security/detection
– Timber, Vector is the product, customers have a number of different data sources
– and they want observability, but data sources can be legacy systems, log management systems
– customer wants to be able to aggregate data before it leaves their network environment, and make sure they have the right privacy controls
– can filter PII and then route the data to Datadog cloud services or to an independent archive
– want to make sure customers are in full control of their observability data
– make it easier for customers to send all the data that is relevant to Datadog (Timber improving the data pipeline)
– APM and log are most mature products, neck and neck with which one lands first
– next is Synthetics, then NPM and Run, then security… this the order in which land and expand typically happens
– planning to invest more because so much success with the platform approach
– aggressively building the team and hiring because growth curve is promising
this Q had a strong new logo boosting RPO/billings, and an extension of the duration of billings/contracts
– strong new sales as well as the extension of duration
– not sure yet if they will need a dedicated sales force to security or if it will remain as general sales
– APM product has lowered the friction to deploying a new product such as security
– APM/log still extending a lot themselves
– adoption curve is they usually start small and then they grow and expand the product suite
– Vector agnostic data pipeline, integrations with Datadog will pay off and good value
– cater to the various use cases that the customer has
– ramping sales hires slightly ahead of revenue
– expanding into new geographies, and expanding teams in geographies where there has been success
– typically landing smaller then expanding given the value of the platform to across the product set
– continue to take conservative approach to guidance given uncertainty in the world
– less volatile in usage and new logos recently, but continue to remain prudent/conservative
– want to be cautious on usage since it fluctuated so much from the pandemic
– the last week of the year had even bigger drop off of usage than usual, because many people had not taken any time off for the year
– learned in Q2 the usage numbers can change fast as changes in the economy happen
– investing in growing and building sales force to capitalize of the greenfield market
– SolarWinds has caused some customers to want to replace their network monitoring
– growing problem for customers: what is running, supply chain, what application is doing
– security long term opportunity, will continue to invest in space
– short term some replacements of legacy system, but longer term is the real opportunity
– Azure integration is in preview, should be live in first half of year
– already got good feedback that partnership is giving confidence to potential customers in the pipeline
– already satisfied with the impact of the partnership as some large customers have responded positively
– Marketplace platform still fairly new, some customers already adopting applications through the Marketplace
– still a lot of building and partners to recruit on the platform, but very good trending signs
competitive landscape a bit boring, no noticeable change in past year
– will have large lands from customer switching from other providers, but that is not the dominant portion
– duration of contract assumptions are staying flat or the same
– Synthetics growing very well, very strong adoption, number four product after infrastructure, logs and APM
– good growth curve on Synthetics
– 1M+ customers number to be delivered once per year, steady growth of number over the year
– mimics rest of effects in business, Q2 was also hardest for land/expand on the largest customers, but improved throughout year
– frictionless adoption is key, but will pursue difficult projects that may not integrate right away
– competitor did extensive changes to pricing structure, Datadog saw no impact there
– competitive landscape is boring in a good way so far
– no changes in go to market, invoice duration 6-8 months, contract duration a little longer


truly appreciate the note.

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