NTNX down 28% AH

Q2 Fiscal 2019 Financial Highlights
• Revenue: $335.4 million (at 76.8% non-GAAP gross margin), up from $286.7 million (at 63.5% non-GAAP gross margin) in the second quarter of fiscal 2018
• Billings: $413.4 million, up from $355.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018
• Software and Support Revenue: $297.4 million, growing 42% year-over-year from $208.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018
• Software and Support Billings: $375.5 million, growing 37% year-over-year from $274.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018
• Gross Margin: GAAP gross margin of 74.4%, up from 62.2% in the second quarter of fiscal 2018; Non-GAAP gross margin of 76.8%, up from 63.5% in the second quarter of fiscal 2018
• Net Loss: GAAP net loss of $122.8 million, compared to a GAAP net loss of $62.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018; Non-GAAP net loss of $40.4 million, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $23.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018
• Net Loss Per Share: GAAP net loss per share of $0.68, compared to a GAAP net loss per share of $0.39 in the second quarter of fiscal 2018; Non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.23, compared to a non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.14 in the second quarter of fiscal 2018
• Cash and Short-term Investments: $965.9 million, up from $918.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018
• Deferred Revenue: $779.9 million, up 63% from the second quarter of fiscal 2018
• Operating Cash Flow: $38.5 million, compared to $46.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018
• Free Cash Flow: Use of $4.1 million, compared to the generation of $32.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018

Company Highlights
• Expanded Customer Base: Nutanix ended Q2 FY’19 with 12,410 end-customers, adding 920 new end-customers during the quarter. Customer wins included Apache Corporation, GS Energy Corporation, Harris Corporation, IHG, Komatsu America Corp., and Nedbank.
• Continued Momentum in $1 Million+ Customers: Our number of customers with at least $1 million in lifetime spend reached 779 during Q2 FY’19, growing 44% year-over-year. Six customers purchased at least $5 million of products and services during the quarter as they continued their datacenter modernization journey with Nutanix.
• Launched “You Decide” Campaign to Expand Brand Reach into Market: This new campaign promotes expanded customer choice in server vendor, hypervisor and cloud provider. It is designed to increase lead generation returns by highlighting the financial, operational and personal benefits of the Nutanix platform.
• Received 2018 Product of the Year for Nutanix Era: CRN honored Nutanix Era as the winner of the publication’s Hyperconverged Infrastructure category for its 2018 Product of the Year Awards. This award recognizes products and services that demonstrate best-in-breed technological innovation, financial opportunity for partners, and customer demand.
• Recognized by Forbes on its Just 100: Forbes recognized Nutanix on its Just 100 list, which honors America’s best corporate citizens among the Russell 1000 based on positive employee treatment, customer treatment and job creation.
• Named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure 2 : Nutanix believes its placement as a Leader for the second time in a row is strong validation of its continued dominance in the market it pioneered and its vision to deliver a true hybrid cloud experience so IT teams can seamlessly deliver applications across platforms.

Q3 Fiscal 2019 Financial Outlook
For the third quarter of fiscal 2019, Nutanix expects:
• Revenue between $290 million and $300 million;
• Billings between $360 million and $370 million;
• Non-GAAP gross margin between 75% and 76%;
• Non-GAAP operating expenses between $330 million and $340 million; and
• Non-GAAP net loss per share of approximately $0.60, using approximately 183 million weighted shares outstanding

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Financial details…
https://ir.nutanix.com/company/press-releases/press-release-…

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wordlessly watching, he waits by the window and wonders…

“Looking ahead, our third quarter guidance reflects the impact of inadequate marketing spending for pipeline generation and slower than expected sales hiring. We took a critical look at these areas and have taken actions to address them.”

What a gut punch…

Dominic
long NTNX

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What is it not to like? Based on what I learned in the discussions around here that should be an opportunity to add.
The reported numbers look great but I think the market was expecting a better outlook at rev~340m. Who is paying attention to guidance, right? Or is this a different animal?
Or is it simply the case ‘we will follow the market and sell when it drops’. We will repeat or find better excuses as to why this fell?
So who is buying NTNX now?

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Numbers actually look good to me, just the guidance sounds very poor. Thinking about adding at this level.

seem to remember a management comment maybe 2-3 quarters ago about not being able to hire salesforce fast enough?.. doesn’t seem to be the type of comment that can be pulled out and used more than once without being taken to the woodshed. first time maybe you think they are growing like a weed and hit a speedbump, but a second suggestion makes you question whether management possesses the necessary skills to grow this company into a monster.

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For a company that’s 10 years old, doesn’t it seem hard to believe that they don’t know how much to spend for marketing?

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“Looking ahead, our third quarter guidance reflects the impact of inadequate marketing spending for pipeline generation and slower than expected sales hiring. We took a critical look at these areas and have taken actions to address them.”


Does this look like management you want to invest with?

I plan to be out by tomorrow morning.

Steve

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Curious on Sauls take…as he has stated guidance doesnt matter.

However, in most cases there is no negative commentary provided by mgmt along with the guidance, as is the case w ntnc here.

I am not a happy camper. I think acquisition price gives them a floor, so i may wait for a bounce to pare my losses before selling. We will see.

Dreamer

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I’m watching Dreamer .

I don’t see this staying down this much tomorrow, but still, third largest holding for me, stings just a little. There has to be more to the low guidance than just “not hiring enough sales staff”. Doesn’t sit right with me.

Hey you win some you lose some.

The companies perfoming hit it out of the park and the price follows.

NTNX is not a ZS or a TWLO.

Interesting that the trading last few days was heading down, and today on pretty heavy volume.

One of my smaller positions, but still if this AH price holds I’ll be down about 28%.

I’ll wait for more commentary to decide if this company is worth continuing to invest in, or one to avoid.

Chris

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Just an observation…

NTNX lacked any relative strength in the past 12 months…compare that to AYX, TWLO, TTD,OKTA etc…

I know people on this board avoid the word “momentum”, but interchange that term with “relative strength”…

Those companies that have high Relative Strength continue to do so, while those that are stagnant and “hope” to get through a bad quarter or two struggle…

add it to your toolbox…

just providing another perspective…

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So true Darrell.

wnewyorktokyo: For a company that’s 10 years old…

One of my primary red flag wickets…

Been in biz ten years, still losing money??? (It’s bound to be great soon? In ten more years?)

Who are they? The next Amazon? Trade Desk? eBay? Apple? Or?

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Totally aimless. Just one more pivot and they will be winners. More Products! Innovation!

The CEO said multiple times “Let chaos reign, then reign in the chaos.” As an explanation of how this could happen. That is not the kind of strategy and leadership I will invest in.

Compare that to the strategic and operational clarity from Everbridge, TTD,TWLO,SQ,OKTA…

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Yea, I’m in restaurants. We are working on our 8th location now. Been in the business for 20 plus years.

I can’t imagine telling my investors

“so there’s an incredible opportunity to do a hell of a lot more business, but because of our poor marketing decisions last quarter and our slow hiring practices and our inability to find great staff, our next quarter isn’t going to be as good as previously thought. Sorry about that. Maybe the following quarter we can get our act together”.

I would say that would put me in the “incompetent” category.

Chris

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I got out of NTNX a few days ago after reading all those Glassdoor review mainly from current and ex-marketing employees. There must be exodus of current marketing talent based on review. I would be very cautious to buy the dip. The situation here is totally different from ESTC which was also dropping after earning.

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After significant time reviewing the numbers I see all too numerous concerns and a “trust me” story in a management team that has now proved to have serious questions marks.

  1. Holding off on the elephant in the room regarding guidance, management first failed to call the mix of their business this quarter from two months out - guidance was for non-GAAP GM % of 78.5% at the midpoint and they hit 76.8%

  2. This GM% miss on mix was due to a combination of selling LESS Software and MORE Hardware - this is the absolutely critical transition we are investing in but software has grown less than 40% each of the last two quarters (SW & Support combined grew 43% Y/Y, but SW standalone grew 37% Y/Y). They have called out some nuances in the transition from perpetual (up-front) to term (ratable), BUT their SW & Support Billings only grew 36.5% - YIKES. That destroys the narrative.

  3. Now that the <40% SW growth is a trend in actuals, why would I believe this growth will now accelerate at some point going forward, especially given the guidance? I don’t want to own NTNX if their SW growth will remain at this level - SW growth is the whole thesis!

  4. The $300M guidance is HORRIBLE. To put it in perspective, I was modeling ~$360M which was 46% SW growth, -60% HW growth, 55% Subscription growth. All of these numbers were reasonable based on historical trend and the story about SW. If we keep HW and subscription the same (HW is only a $24M forecast at this growth rate and Subscription growth has been +55% last three quarters) NTNX would do $320M even with only 20% Y/Y SW Rev growth!

  5. Before you rationalize “low ball” guidance, keep in mind doing $320M would be a ~7% beat. Doing $360M would be a 20% beat. Those are big numbers for any company, but NTNX only beat by 1% in Q1 and 0% in Q2. They have no recent history of over-achievement. Even if they did… $320M still destroys the current buy thesis many have shared on this board. Only something around $360M is keeping in line with successful transition in my opinion.

  6. This one is a little more conjecture, but given the SW/HW mix and how close they came to their guidance in Q2 it seems to me they were going full send and doing everything they could to hit last quarters number. This may sound good, but that can burn out a sales team and customer relationships pretty quick. It also gives me a “sense” (again, conjecture) that management may be out of touch with the realities of the business. Seems they have leadership that operate in a “speak it into existence” / if we believe it hard enough and long enough it will happen.

  7. Final nail in coffin for me is the rationale on the miss: “inadequate marketing spending for pipeline generation and slower than expected sales hiring”. First, they have already used this rationale / excuse several months ago. Second, their Opex grew 53.5% Y/Y last quarter and they are saying this isn’t enough! Granted their S&M expense “only” grew 41% Y/Y which for a hyper growth story could be light, but as I already noted above their SW is currently growing under 40% Y/Y and combined SW & Support is growing roughly as fast as Opex. If management is telling me we need even higher Opex spend to maintain this level of growth that equates to Opex growth > Rev growth. In extreme high growth cases that doesn’t bother me, but this is a rather mature company with very significant S&M spend to begin with.

I never wish a company / investment poor fortunes so hopefully NTNX turns it around in a spectacular fashion and this is a bump in the road. However, at this point there is a lot of hope in this narrative and not much to back it up.

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