Cellebrite Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Results
2021 revenue of $246 million, up 26% year-over-year
2021 ARR $187 million, up 37% year-over-year
2021 GAAP net income of $71.4 million; Adjusted EBITDA of $47.9 million, 19.5% Adjusted EBITDA margin
Provides 2022 outlook for 34-42% ARR growth and 16-22% revenue growth
PETAH TIKVA, ISRAEL, February 16, 2022 – Cellebrite (Nasdaq: CLBT), a global leader in Digital Intelligence (“DI”) solutions for the public and private sectors, today announced financial results for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2021.
“We delivered a record revenue quarter, closing a strong year of record ARR, revenue, and operating profitability while continuing to successfully execute on our strategy to modernize the entire investigative process for our customers,” said Yossi Carmil, Cellebrite’s CEO. “Our markets are healthy, our market position is strong, and our strategy is clear. We will continue to spearhead the growth of the investigative DI market as an undisputed leader of digital transformation in investigations. As a one-stop-shop DI vendor, Cellebrite is a valued technology partner to the law enforcement and judicial system. We look forward to continuing to provide our customers with a software platform that enables the acceleration of justice while delivering growth and profitability to our shareholders.”
Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights
- Revenue of $67.9 million, up 19% year-over-year, of which subscription revenue was $50.1 million, up 32% year-over-year
- Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) of $187.1 million, up 37% year-over-year
- Recurring revenue dollar-based net retention rate of 137%
- GAAP gross profit and gross margin of $55.6 million and 81.8%, respectively
- GAAP net income of $51.9 million; Non-GAAP net income of $5.2 million
- GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.25; Non-GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.03
- Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin of $8.9 million and 13.1%, respectively
Full Year Financial Highlights
- Revenue of $246.2 million, up 26% year-over-year, of which subscription revenue was $183.3 million, up 41% year-over-year
- GAAP Gross profit and gross margin of $203.7 million and 82.7%, respectively
- GAAP net income of $71.4 million; Non-GAAP net income of $38.0 million
- Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin of $47.9 million and 19.5%, respectively
Fourth Quarter and Recent Digital Intelligence Highlights
- Closed 25 deals above $500,000
- Closed the largest deal in the Company’s history, with an international customer, of over $11 million in revenue.
- Advanced its SaaS-based investigative digital evidence management solution, Cellebrite Guardian, by joining AWS Partner Network as an Advanced Technology Partner and by deploying it in AWS London Data Center.
- Delivered early success on the acquisition of open-source intelligence company Digital Clues, by winning a significant customer contract.
- Formed a collaboration with The Exodus Road, a Colorado-based nonprofit organization specializing in disrupting human trafficking, focused on training police and government officials in Brazil to combat human trafficking more effectively.
Full Year Digital Intelligence and Other Highlights
- Began trading on Nasdaq on August 31, 2021, under the ticker symbols “CLBT” and “CLBTW”, as a result of entering and completing a business combination with TWC Tech Holdings II Corp.
- Closed 83 deals above $500,000, up from 63 deals in 2020.
- Established a strategic partnership with Singapore’s Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX), an arm of the Ministry of Home Affairs, to drive innovation and deliver industry-leading digital intelligence capabilities.
- Launched the latest version of Cellebrite Pathfinder, its flagship investigative analytics solution achieving significant milestones in data analysis, enterprise readiness, scalability, and process performance.
- Launched Premium Enterprise, boosting productivity and accelerating time to evidence by decentralizing advanced collection capabilities.
- Introduced a new SaaS solution: Guardian, a comprehensive investigative digital evidence management system (DEMS) designed to transform evidence and workflow management throughout the entire investigative process.
- Executing on its M&A strategy, acquired the assets of open-source intelligence company Digital Clues, strengthening Cellebrite’s market-leading DI platform and reinforcing its position as the premier end-to-end technology partner for law enforcement agencies.
- Pioneered industry’s first remote mobile device data collection solution addressing private sector growing needs in corporate investigations, e-discovery, and incident response, and by that being the only vendor offering a combined remote solution for both mobile devices and computers.
- Established an Ethics & Integrity Committee to advise the Board of Directors on matters pertaining to evolving international law, ethical considerations related to responsible business practices, and requirements under law and regulations applied to the sale and use of Cellebrite’s technologies.
Supplemental financial information can be found on the Investor Relations section of our website at https://investors.cellebrite.com/financial-information/quarterly-results.
“We are pleased that we exceeded revenue and profitability expectations for the fourth quarter of 2021, and to introduce a robust outlook for 2022” said Dana Gerner, Chief Financial Officer of Cellebrite.
- Full year 2022 revenue is expected to be between $285 and $300 million, representing 16-22% year-on-year growth.
- December 2022 ARR is expected to be between $250 and $265 million, representing 34-42% year-on-year growth.
- Full year 2022 Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between $39.0 and $44.0 million, representing a 13-15% margin.
“We plan to continue and drive most of our growth from selling new solutions and expanding our installed base within existing customers, and thus plan to continue to deliver strong ARR growth and best-in-class Net Retention Rate. Total subscription revenue is therefore expected to continue to grow as percentage of total revenue. Our strong business model and high profitability enable us to continue investing in innovation and our go-to-market activities,” Gerner concluded.
Conference Call Information
Today, February 16, 2022, Cellebrite will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the Company’s financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2021. The call details are below:
Title: Cellebrite Q4 21 Earnings
Date: February 16, 2022
Time: 08:30 Eastern Time
US (toll free): +1 (800) 399-1934
International: +1 (210) 640-0859
Conference ID: 1142505
Participants dialing in are advised to join the call approximately 15 minutes before the start time. The webcast will remain available and accessible after the call at: https://investors.cellebrite.com/events-presentations.
Investor Conferences Schedule:
Cellebrite management is scheduled to participate in the following events:
- William Blair Annual Tech Innovators Conference – March 15th, 2022
- Raymond James & Associates Annual Institutional Investors Conference, Orlando – March 7-8, 2022
Public webcasts for some of these events will be accessible at: https://investors.cellebrite.com/events-presentations
Non-GAAP Financial Information and Key Performance Indicators
This press release includes non-GAAP financial measures. Cellebrite believes that the use of non-GAAP operating income and Adjusted EBITDA is helpful to investors. These measures, which the Company refers to as our non-GAAP financial measures, are not prepared in accordance with GAAP.
Non-GAAP operating income is calculated as operating income excluding (i) share-based compensation expense, (ii) acquisition-related costs, (iii) amortization of intangible assets, (iv) a one-time compensation expense, (v) issuance expenses, (vi) dividend participation compensation, and (vii) capital loss from FA disposal.
Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net income excluding (i) financial income, net, (ii) tax expense (iii) depreciation and amortization, (iv) share-based compensation expense, (v) acquisition-related costs, (vi) a one-time compensation expense, (vii) issuance expenses, (viii) dividend participation compensation, and (ix) capital loss from FA disposal.
The Company believes that the exclusion of these expenses provides a more meaningful comparison of its operational performance from period to period and offers investors and management greater visibility to the underlying performance of its business. Specifically:
- Share-based compensation expenses utilize varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions, and a variety of equity instruments that can impact a company’s non-cash expenses;
- Acquired intangible assets are valued at the time of acquisition and are amortized over an estimated useful life after the acquisition, and acquisition-related expenses are unrelated to current operations and neither are comparable to the prior period nor predictive of future results;
- Tax expense, and depreciation and amortization expense vary for many reasons that are often unrelated to our underlying performance and make period-to-period comparisons more challenging; and
- One-time or unusual expenses are often not representative of the underlying performance of our business and make period-to-period comparisons more challenging.
Each of our non-GAAP financial measures is an important tool for financial and operational decision making and for evaluating our own operating results over different periods of time. The non-GAAP financial measures do not represent our financial performance under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to operating income or net income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures may not provide information that is directly comparable to that provided by other companies in our industry, as other companies in our industry may calculate non-GAAP financial results differently, particularly related to non-recurring, unusual items. In addition, there are limitations in using non-GAAP financial measures because the non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, and exclude expenses that may have a material impact on our reported financial results. Further, share-based compensation expense has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, significant recurring expenses in our business and an important part of the compensation provided to our employees. In addition, the amortization of intangible assets is expected recurring expense over the estimated useful life of the underlying intangible asset and acquisition-related expenses will be incurred to the extent acquisitions are made in the future. Furthermore, foreign exchange rates may fluctuate from one period to another, and the Company does not estimate movements in foreign currencies.
Annual recurring revenue (“ARR”) is defined as the annualized value of active term-based subscription license contracts and maintenance contracts related to perpetual licenses in effect at the end of that period. Subscription license contracts and maintenance contracts for perpetual licenses are annualized by multiplying the revenue of the last month of the period by 12. The annualized value of contracts is a legal and contractual determination made by assessing the contractual terms with our customers. The annualized value of maintenance contracts is not determined by reference to historical revenues, deferred revenues, or any other GAAP financial measure over any period. ARR is not a forecast of future revenues, which can be impacted by contract start and end dates and renewal rates.
Dollar-based net retention rate (“NRR”) is calculated by dividing customer recurring revenue by base revenue. We define base revenue as recurring revenue we recognized from all customers with a valid license at the last quarter of the previous year period, during the four quarters ended one year prior to the date of measurement. We define our customer revenue as the recurring revenue we recognized during the four quarters ended on the date of measurement from the same customer base included in our measure of base revenue, including recurring revenue resulting from additional sales to those customers.
Cellebrite’s (Nasdaq: CLBT) mission is to enable its customers to protect and save lives, accelerate justice, and preserve privacy in communities around the world. We are a global leader in Digital Intelligence solutions for the public and private sectors, empowering organizations in mastering the complexities of legally sanctioned digital investigations by streamlining intelligence processes. Trusted by thousands of leading agencies and companies worldwide, Cellebrite’s Digital Intelligence platform and solutions transform how customers collect, review, analyze and manage data in legally sanctioned investigations.
Caution About Forward-Looking Statements
This document includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “forecast,” “intend,” “seek,” “target,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “continue,” “expect,” “estimate,” “may,” “plan,” “outlook,” “future” and “project” and other similar expressions that predict, project or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. Such forward-looking statements include estimated financial information. Such forward-looking statements with respect to revenues, earnings, performance, strategies, prospects, and other aspects of the business of Cellebrite are based on current expectations that are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. These factors include but are not limited to: if we do not continue to develop technologically advanced solutions and successfully integrate with the software solutions used by our customers, our future revenue and operating results may be negatively affected; we are materially dependent on acceptance of our solutions by law enforcement markets and government agencies, both domestic and international. If law enforcement and other government agencies do not continue to purchase, accept and use our solutions, our revenue will be adversely affected; real or perceived errors, failures, defects or bugs in our DI solutions could adversely affect our results of operations, growth prospects and reputation; a failure to maintain sales and marketing personnel productivity or hire, integrate and retain additional sales and marketing personnel could adversely affect our results of operations and growth prospects; the global COVID-19 pandemic could negatively impact our business, installations, trainings, and general operations; current and future competitors could have a significant impact on our ability to generate future revenue and profits; we face intense competition and could face pricing pressure from, and lose market share to, our competitors, which would adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations; if our solutions are inadvertently or deliberately misused by customers, such customers may achieve sub-optimal results, which could lead to the perception that our solutions are low-quality; our reputation and brand are important to our success, and we may not be able to maintain and enhance our reputation and brand, which would adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations; the estimates of market opportunity and forecasts of market growth included in this prospectus may prove to be inaccurate, and even if the market in which we compete achieves the forecasted growth, our business could fail to grow at similar rates, if at all; changes to our packaging and licensing models could adversely affect our ability to attract or retain customers; if we fail to manage future growth effectively, our business could be harmed; our future growth depends in part on our ability to introduce new solutions and add-ons and our failure to do so may harm business and operating results; issues in the use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) (including machine learning) in our platform may result in reputational harm or liability; we may require additional capital to support the growth of our business, and this capital might not be available on acceptable terms, if at all; higher costs or unavailability of materials used to create hardware could adversely affect our financial results; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates could materially affect our financial results; the sales cycle for some of our solutions can be lengthy; if we are unable to retain qualified personnel and senior management and hire and retain additional qualified personnel, our business could suffer; the security of our operations and the integrity of our software solutions are critical to our operations and to maintaining the trust and confidence of our customers; our sales to government customers expose us to business volatility and risks, including government budgeting cycles and appropriations, early termination, audits, investigations, sanctions and penalties; evolving government procurement policies and increased emphasis on cost over performance could adversely affect our business; changes in civil forfeiture laws may affect our customers’ ability to purchase our solutions; failure to adequately obtain, maintain, protect and enforce our intellectual property and other proprietary rights could adversely affect our business; some of our software and systems contain open source software, which may pose particular risks to our proprietary software and information technology systems; other companies may claim that we infringe their intellectual property, which could materially increase costs and materially harm our ability to generate future revenue and profits; certain of our solutions may be perceived as, or determined by the courts to be, a violation of privacy rights and related laws. Any such perception or determination could adversely affect our revenue and results of operations; some of our solutions may be used by customers in a way that is, or that is perceived to be, incompatible with human rights. Any such perception could adversely affect our reputation, revenue, and results of operations; we occasionally have limited access to third party data, and if our security measures are breached and unauthorized access to this data is obtained, our systems, data centers, and our solutions may be perceived as not being secure, customers may curtail or stop using our service and we may incur significant legal and financial exposure and liabilities; our business is subject to complex and evolving U.S. and non-U.S. laws and regulations regarding privacy, data protection and security, technology protection, and other matters. Many of these laws and regulations are subject to change and uncertain interpretation, and could result in claims, changes to our business practices, monetary penalties, increased cost of operations, or otherwise harm our business; we may in the future become involved in legal, regulatory, or administrative inquiries and proceedings, and unfavorable outcomes in litigation or other of these matters could negatively impact our business, financial conditions, and results of operations; we are subject to Israeli encryption laws and governmental trade controls, including export and regulations, and any non-compliance with these laws could negatively impact our operating results; a variety of new and existing laws and/or interpretations could materially and adversely affect our business; failure to comply with laws, regulations, or contractual provisions applicable to our business could cause us to lose government customers or our ability to contract with the U.S. and other governments; Conditions in Israel could materially and adversely affect our business; it may be difficult to enforce a U.S. judgment against us, our officers and directors or the experts named in this prospectus in Israel or the United States, or to assert U.S. securities laws claims in Israel or serve process on our officers and directors or experts; we are subject to anti-corruption, anti-bribery, and similar laws, and non-compliance with such laws can subject us to criminal penalties or significant fines, harm and reputation, and adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, and growth prospects; and other factors, risks and uncertainties set forth in the sections titled “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in our prospectus that was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on October 7, 2021 pursuant to Rule 424(b)(3) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, which are available free of charge at www.sec.gov. Further information on potential risks that could affect actual results will be included in the subsequent filings that Cellebrite makes with the SEC from time to time. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made, in this communication or elsewhere. Cellebrite undertakes no obligation to update its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise, should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by securities and other applicable laws.
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