Saba Announces Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2012 Results

  • Cloud billings grew 89% year-over-year
  • Cloud deferred revenue grew 113% year-over-year
  • Cloud revenue grew 64% year-over-year
  • Subscription revenue grew 23% year-over-year; representing 63% of total revenues
  • Subscription gross margin expanded to 77%
  • Total deferred revenue increased 33% year-over-year to $47.3 million

Redwood Shores, Calif., January 05, 2012 - Saba (NASDAQ: SABA), the premier People Cloud provider, today reported financial results for its second quarter ended November 30, 2011.

"With cloud billings growing over 80% for the second straight quarter, we believe we have emerged as one of the fastest growing public cloud businesses," said Bobby Yazdani, Founder and CEO, Saba. "We signed twice as many one million dollar deals this quarter as we did last quarter, and in the second quarter alone, we added over one million subscribers to the Saba People Cloud."

Results for the Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2012

Revenues: Total GAAP revenues were $30.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2012, up 4% from $29.2 million in the same quarter last year. Total non-GAAP revenues in the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 were $30.6 million, up 5%, compared to $29.2 million in the same quarter last year. On a GAAP basis, cloud revenues in the second quarter increased 64% to $9.7 million from $5.9 million in the same quarter of the prior year. Non-GAAP revenues reflect the impact to revenue of fair value adjustments to deferred revenue due to acquisitions.

Deferred Revenue: Total deferred revenue was $47.3 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2012, up 33% year-over-year. Deferred revenue from cloud subscriptions grew 113% year-over-year to $23.8 million at the end of the second quarter.

Earnings (Loss) per Share: GAAP loss per share was $0.16 in the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 compared to a loss per share of $0.03 in the same period last year. Non-GAAP loss per share was $0.10 in the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 compared to earnings per share of $0.02 in the second quarter of the last fiscal year.

Our non-GAAP results are calculated by adjusting GAAP results for the impact of certain items including (i) non-cash amortization of intangibles, (ii) non-cash share-based compensation expenses, (iii) non-operating reorganization costs, (iv) the impact to revenue of fair value adjustments to deferred revenue due to acquisitions and (v) other acquisition related costs. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is included in the financial statements accompanying this press release.

Cash: Cash used in operations was $4.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2012, and cash and cash equivalents at November 30, 2011 were $15.0 million. Saba typically uses cash in the first half of the fiscal year and generates positive cash flow in the second half of the fiscal year due to strong subscription renewals in the third and fourth quarters.

Key Business Highlights: Saba added 29 new enterprise customers in the quarter including Vodafone, Weight Watchers, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

During the quarter, Saba established a strategic partnership with Workday where Saba People Cloud solutions will be tightly integrated with Workday HCM. Saba also formed a cross-selling relationship with Kronos. Saba's industry-leading learning and talent management solutions will be combined with Kronos® recruiting and workforce management suite to offer an end-to-end solution to support the entire hourly employee life cycle.

Business Outlook

The following statements are based on current expectations as of the date of this release. These statements are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially. Saba does not undertake any obligations to update these forward-looking statements.

For fiscal year 2012, ending May 31, 2012, Saba reiterates its forecast of total GAAP revenues to be in the range of $130 million to $133 million and total billings to grow in the range of 16% to 18% in fiscal year 2012 over fiscal year 2011.

Since the Company has successfully transformed to a cloud business, Saba is introducing guidance for cloud billings for fiscal year 2012. Management believes this key metric better reflects the core growth of the company. Saba forecasts cloud billings to grow in excess of 60% in fiscal year 2012 over fiscal year 2011.

The Company also reiterates its forecast for GAAP net loss to range from $0.39 to $0.45 per share and non-GAAP net loss to range from $0.17 to $0.23 per share. Saba also confirms that it expects to return to non-GAAP profitability in the second half of fiscal year 2012.

Fiscal year 2012 non-GAAP outlook excludes certain items including non-cash amortization of intangibles, non-cash stock-based compensation expenses, the impact to revenue of fair value adjustments to deferred revenue due to acquisitions, other acquisition related costs and non-operating reorganization costs.

Call
Saba will host a teleconference call and live webcast on Thursday, January 5, 2012 commencing at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss its financial results. To join the call, please dial +1.800.230.1059 or +1.612.234.9959. The access code for the conference call is 228093 . To listen to the live webcast, please go to the Investor Relations page of the Saba web site at http://investor.saba.com and click on the Live Webcast icon.

A replay of the conference call will be available shortly after its conclusion. The replay dial-in number is +1.800.475.6701 or +1.320.365.3844. The access code for the conference call replay is 228093. The replay can also be accessed from the Investor Relations page of the Saba web site at http://investor.saba.com and will be available through February 5, 2012.

Safe Harbor
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including, without limitation: statements regarding Saba's business outlook, including expected total GAAP revenues, anticipated GAAP and non-GAAP net loss per share, projected total billings growth, cloud billings growth, the expected return to non-GAAP profitability in the second half of fiscal year 2012, expectations for strong subscription renewals in the third and fourth quarters and positive cash flow in the second half of fiscal 2012, and our belief that we are among the fastest growing public cloud businesses. Saba's actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties Saba faces that could cause results to differ materially include risks associated with: dependence on growth of the markets for Saba's products, fluctuations in Saba's quarterly results, variability in the mix of Saba's license, subscription and professional services revenues and billings, dependence on acceptance of Saba's products by customers and channel partners, the success of Saba's alliances and partnerships, fluctuation in customer spending, any changes in the length of Saba's sales cycle, new product offerings or pricing changes introduced by our competitors, technological changes that could make our products less attractive to customers or require new product development investments, dependence on new product introductions and enhancements in order to meet the changing needs of our customers and markets, and potential software defects. Readers should also refer to the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2011, and similar disclosures in subsequent reports filed with the SEC. The forward-looking statements and risks stated in this press release are based on information available to Saba today. Saba assumes no obligation to update them.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

Saba has provided its non-GAAP revenue, net income (loss), net income (loss) per share, cloud billings and total billings data in this press release as additional information for investors. These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), and are intended to supplement GAAP financial information, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. As used in this release, total billings are defined as total GAAP revenues plus the change in total deferred revenue and cloud billings are defined as cloud GAAP revenue plus the change in cloud deferred revenue.

Saba believes that the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors regarding its results of operations. Saba believes it also provides an alternative method of assessing Saba's operating results that Saba believes is focused on its core on-going operations and may allow investors to perform additional meaningful period-to-period comparisons of its operating results. In addition, Saba's management team uses these measures for reviewing its financial results, and for budget and planning purposes.

About Saba

Saba (NASDAQ: SABA) enables organizations to build a transformative workplace that leverages the advent of social networking in business and the ubiquity of mobile to empower an organization's most mission-critical assets - its people. The company provides a unified set of People Cloud Applications including learning management, talent management, enterprise social networking and real-time collaboration delivered through the Saba People Cloud. Saba solutions help organizations leverage their people networks to become more competitive through innovation, speed, agility, and trust.

Saba's premier customer base includes major global organizations and industry leaders in financial services, life sciences and healthcare, high tech, automotive and manufacturing, retail, energy and utilities, packaged goods, and public sector organizations. Saba's solutions are underpinned by global services capabilities and partnerships encompassing strategic consulting, comprehensive implementation services, and ongoing worldwide support. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Saba has offices on five continents. For more information, please visit www.saba.com or call +1-877-SABA-101 or +1-650-779-2791. SABA, the Saba logo, Saba Centra, and the marks relating to Saba products and services referenced herein are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Saba Software, Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.