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CrowdStrike Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2025 Financial Results

CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRWD), today announced financial results for the first quarter fiscal year 2025, ended April 30, 2024. “CrowdStrike started the fiscal year from a position of mom...

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  • Ending ARR grows 33% year-over-year to reach $3.65 billion
  • Net new ARR grows 22% year-over-year to $212 million
  • Delivers record operating cash flow of $383 million and record free cash flow of $322 million, 35% of revenue

AUSTIN, Texas: CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRWD), today announced financial results for the first quarter fiscal year 2025, ended April 30, 2024.

“CrowdStrike started the fiscal year from a position of momentum and exceptional strength, with net new ARR of $212 million growing 22% year-over-year and ending ARR growing 33% year-over-year to reach $3.65 billion,” said George Kurtz, CrowdStrike's president, chief executive officer and co-founder. “The Falcon platform’s differentiated architecture creates a wide competitive moat and uniquely enables CrowdStrike to solve the industry’s biggest cybersecurity, IT and data problems. Customers of all sizes are standardizing on the Falcon platform to achieve better security outcomes and lower their TCO.”

Commenting on the company's financial results, Burt Podbere, CrowdStrike’s chief financial officer, added, “The CrowdStrike team delivered another exceptional quarter driven by strong execution and platform adoption as customers increasingly consolidate on the Falcon platform. In addition to our strong top-line performance, financial highlights included record gross margin, significant year-over-year operating leverage, record free cash flow of $322 million or 35% of revenue and a rule of 68 on a free cash flow basis, showcasing our focus on profitably scaling the business to $10 billion ending ARR and beyond.”

First Quarter Fiscal 2025 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue: Total revenue was $921.0 million, a 33% increase, compared to $692.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2024. Subscription revenue was $872.2 million, a 34% increase, compared to $651.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2024.
  • Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) grew 33% year-over-year to $3.65 billion as of April 30, 2024, of which $211.7 million was net new ARR added in the quarter.
  • Subscription Gross Margin: GAAP subscription gross margin was 78% for the first quarter of both fiscal 2025 and 2024. Non-GAAP subscription gross margin was 80% for the first quarter of both fiscal 2025 and 2024.
  • Income/Loss from Operations: GAAP income from operations was $6.9 million, compared to a loss of $19.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2024. Non-GAAP income from operations was $198.7 million, compared to $115.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2024.
  • Net Income Attributable to CrowdStrike: GAAP net income attributable to CrowdStrike was $42.8 million, compared to $0.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2024. GAAP net income per share attributable to CrowdStrike, diluted, was $0.17, compared to $0.00 in the first quarter of fiscal 2024. Non-GAAP net income attributable to CrowdStrike was $231.7 million, compared to $136.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2024. Non-GAAP net income attributable to CrowdStrike per share, diluted, was $0.93, compared to $0.57 in the first quarter of fiscal 2024.
  • Cash Flow: Net cash generated from operations was $383.2 million, compared to $300.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2024. Free cash flow was $322.5 million, compared to $227.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2024.
  • Cash and Cash Equivalents was $3.70 billion as of April 30, 2024.

Recent Highlights

  • CrowdStrike’s module adoption rates were 65%, 44% and 28% for five or more, six or more and seven or more modules, respectively, as of April 30, 20241.
  • Delivered the next generation of SIEM to power the AI-native SOC with Falcon Next-Gen SIEM. Falcon Next-Gen SIEM supports the largest ecosystem of ISV data sources of any pure-play cybersecurity vendor as well as expanded partnerships and alliances with global system integrators (GSIs), managed service providers (MSPs) and managed security service providers (MSSPs).
  • Announced the general availability of Falcon Application Security Posture Management (ASPM) as an integrated part of Falcon Cloud Security and unveiled new Cloud Detection and Response (CDR) innovations.
  • Launched Falcon for Defender augmenting Microsoft Defender deployments to stop missed attacks.
  • Expanded partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate cybersecurity consolidation and cloud transformation.
  • Expanded strategic partnership with Google Cloud to stop breaches across multi-cloud and multi-vendor environments and to power Mandiant’s Incident Response (IR) and Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services.
  • Announced a strategic collaboration with NVIDIA to deliver NVIDIA’s AI computing services on the CrowdStrike Falcon XDR platform.
  • Partnered with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to power TCS’ extended managed detection and response (XMDR) services with the Falcon platform.
  • Launched a partnership to power HCLTech’s managed detection and response (MDR) solutions with the AI-native CrowdStrike Falcon XDR platform.
  • Named a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Extended Detection And Response Platforms, Q2 2024 report2.
  • Positioned as a Leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Managed Detection and Response Services (MDR) 2024 Vendor Assessment3.
  • Recognized as an Overall Leader in the KuppingerCole Leadership Compass, Identity Threat Detection and Response (ITDR) 2024: IAM Meets the SOC4.
  • Recognized by Frost & Sullivan with its 2024 Global Customer Value Leadership Award for Best Practices in Cloud Security5.

Financial Outlook

CrowdStrike is providing the following guidance for the second quarter of fiscal 2025 (ending July 31, 2024) and increasing its guidance for fiscal year 2025 (ending January 31, 2025).

Guidance for non-GAAP financial measures excludes stock-based compensation expense, amortization expense of acquired intangible assets (including purchased patents), amortization of debt issuance costs and discount, mark-to-market adjustments on deferred compensation liabilities, legal reserve and settlement charges or benefits, acquisition-related provision (benefit) for income taxes, losses (gains) and other income from strategic investments, acquisition-related expenses (credits), net, and losses (gains) from deferred compensation assets. The company has not provided the most directly comparable GAAP measures because certain items are out of the company's control or cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, a reconciliation for non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP net income attributable to CrowdStrike, and non-GAAP net income per share attributable to CrowdStrike common stockholders is not available without unreasonable effort.

 

Q2 FY25

Guidance

 

Full Year FY25

Guidance

Total revenue

$958.3 - $961.2 million

 

$3,976.3 - $4,010.7 million

Non-GAAP income from operations

$208.3 - $210.5 million

 

$890.1 - $916.5 million

Non-GAAP net income attributable to CrowdStrike

$245.7 - $247.8 million

 

$985.6 - $1,012.0 million

Non-GAAP net income per share attributable to CrowdStrike common stockholders, diluted

$0.98 - $0.99

 

$3.93 - $4.03

Weighted average shares used in computing Non-GAAP net income per share attributable to common stockholders, diluted

250 million

 

251 million

These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially as a result of many factors. Refer to the Forward-Looking Statements safe harbor below for information on the factors that could cause the company's actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements.

Conference Call Information

CrowdStrike will host a conference call for analysts and investors to discuss its earnings results for the first quarter of fiscal 2025 and outlook for its fiscal second quarter and fiscal year 2025 today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time (5:00 p.m. Eastern time). A recorded webcast of the event will also be available for one year on the CrowdStrike Investor Relations website ir.crowdstrike.com.

Date:

June 4, 2024

Time:

2:00 p.m. Pacific time / 5:00 p.m. Eastern time

Pre-registration link for dial-in access:

register.vevent.com/register/BI4e800a230c5444d690ced92841e6b072

Webcast:

ir.crowdstrike.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding CrowdStrike’s future growth, and future financial and operating performance, including CrowdStrike’s financial outlook for the second quarter fiscal 2025, fiscal year 2025, and beyond. There are a significant number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from statements made in this press release, including: risks associated with managing CrowdStrike’s rapid growth; CrowdStrike’s ability to identify and effectively implement necessary changes to address execution challenges; risks associated with new products and subscription and support offerings, including the risk of defects, errors, or vulnerabilities; CrowdStrike's ability to respond to an intensely competitive market; length and unpredictability of sales cycles; CrowdStrike’s ability to attract new and retain existing customers; CrowdStrike’s ability to successfully integrate acquisitions; the failure to timely develop and achieve market acceptance of new products and subscriptions as well as existing products and subscriptions and support; CrowdStrike’s ability to collaborate and integrate its products with offerings from other parties to deliver benefits to customers; industry trends; rapidly evolving technological developments in the market for security products and subscription and support offerings; and general market, political, economic, and business conditions, including those related to a deterioration in macroeconomic conditions, inflation, geopolitical uncertainty and conflicts, public health crises and volatility in the banking and financial services sector.

Additional risks and uncertainties that could affect CrowdStrike’s financial results are included in the filings CrowdStrike makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) from time to time, particularly under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”, including CrowdStrike’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K, most recently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and subsequent filings.

You should not rely on these forward-looking statements, as actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements as a result of such risks and uncertainties. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to CrowdStrike as of the date hereof, and CrowdStrike does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

CrowdStrike believes that the presentation of non-GAAP financial information provides important supplemental information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to CrowdStrike’s financial condition and results of operations. For further information regarding these non-GAAP measures, including the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, please refer to the financial tables below, as well as the “Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section of this press release.

Channels for Disclosure of Information

CrowdStrike intends to announce material information to the public through the CrowdStrike Investor Relations website ir.crowdstrike.com, SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls, and public webcasts. CrowdStrike uses these channels, as well as social media and its blog, to communicate with its investors, customers, and the public about the company, its offerings, and other issues. It is possible that the information CrowdStrike posts on social media and its blog could be deemed to be material information. As such, CrowdStrike encourages investors, the media, and others to follow the channels listed above, including the social media channels listed on CrowdStrike’s investor relations website, and to review the information disclosed through such channels. Any updates to the list of disclosure channels through which CrowdStrike will announce information will be posted on the investor relations page on CrowdStrike’s website.

Definition of Module Adoption Rates

1.

Module adoption rates are calculated by taking the total number of customers with five or more, six or more, and seven or more modules, respectively, divided by the total number of subscription customers (excluding Falcon Go customers). Falcon Go customers are defined as customers who have subscribed with the Falcon Go bundle, a package designed for organizations with 100 endpoints or less.

Reports Referenced

2.

The Forrester Wave(TM): Extended Detection And Response Platforms, Q2 2024.

3.

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Managed Detection and Response Services (MDR) 2024 Vendor Assessment (Doc #US49006922, April 2024).

4.

KuppingerCole Leadership Compass, Identity Threat Detection and Response (ITDR) 2024: IAM Meets the SOC (April 2024).

5.

2024 Frost & Sullivan Global Customer Value Leadership Award: The Global Cloud Security Industry Excellence In Best Practices in Cloud Security (May 2024).

About CrowdStrike Holdings

CrowdStrike (Nasdaq: CRWD), a global cybersecurity leader, has redefined modern security with the world’s most advanced cloud-native platform for protecting critical areas of enterprise risk – endpoints and cloud workloads, identity and data.

Powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud and world-class AI, the CrowdStrike Falcon® platform leverages real-time indicators of attack, threat intelligence, evolving adversary tradecraft and enriched telemetry from across the enterprise to deliver hyper-accurate detections, automated protection and remediation, elite threat hunting and prioritized observability of vulnerabilities.

Purpose-built in the cloud with a single lightweight-agent architecture, the Falcon platform delivers rapid and scalable deployment, superior protection and performance, reduced complexity and immediate time-to-value.

CrowdStrike: We stop breaches.

For more information, please visit: ir.crowdstrike.com

CrowdStrike, the CrowdStrike logo, and other CrowdStrike marks are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of CrowdStrike, Inc., or its affiliates or licensors. Other words, symbols, and company product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

 

CROWDSTRIKE HOLDINGS, INC.

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended April 30,

 

 

2024

 

 

 

2023

 

Revenue

 

 

 

Subscription

$

872,172

 

 

$

651,175

 

Professional services

 

48,864

 

 

 

41,405

 

Total revenue

 

921,036

 

 

 

692,580

 

Cost of revenue

 

 

 

Subscription (1)(2)

 

189,657

 

 

 

142,100

 

Professional services (1)

 

35,346

 

 

 

27,130

 

Total cost of revenue

 

225,003

 

 

 

169,230

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

696,033

 

 

 

523,350

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

Sales and marketing (1)(2)(4)

 

350,114

 

 

 

281,107

 

Research and development (1)(3)(4)

 

235,249

 

 

 

179,065

 

General and administrative (1)(2)(3)(4)

 

103,734

 

 

 

82,634

 

Total operating expenses

 

689,097

 

 

 

542,806

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) from operations

 

6,936

 

 

 

(19,456

)

Interest expense(5)

 

(6,511

)

 

 

(6,387

)

Interest income

 

45,850

 

 

 

30,521

 

Other income, net(6)(7)

 

7,656

 

 

 

230

 

Income before provision for income taxes

 

53,931

 

 

 

4,908

 

Provision for income taxes

 

7,667

 

 

 

4,409

 

Net income

 

46,264

 

 

 

499

 

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

 

3,444

 

 

 

8

 

Net income attributable to CrowdStrike

$

42,820

 

 

$

491

 

Net income per share attributable to CrowdStrike common stockholders:

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.18

 

 

$

0.00

 

Diluted

$

0.17

 

 

$

0.00

 

Weighted-average shares used in computing net income per share attributable to CrowdStrike common stockholders:

 

 

 

Basic

 

242,389

 

 

 

236,414

 

Diluted

 

250,164

 

 

 

240,598

 

____________________________

(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows (in thousands):

 

Three Months Ended April 30,

 

 

2024

 

 

 

2023

 

Subscription cost of revenue

$

13,916

 

$

8,966

Professional services cost of revenue

 

6,273

 

 

 

4,630

 

Sales and marketing

 

52,258

 

 

 

35,739

 

Research and development

 

66,742

 

 

 

44,381

 

General and administrative

 

43,936

 

 

 

37,140

 

Total stock-based compensation expense

$

183,125

 

 

$

130,856

 

(2) Includes amortization of acquired intangible assets, including purchased patents, as follows (in thousands):

 

Three Months Ended April 30,

 

 

2024

 

 

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