Nutanix ( NTNX Quick Quote NTNX - Free Report) incurred second-quarter fiscal 2020 loss of 60 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 13%. However, the figure was wider than the year-ago loss of 23 cents. Revenues increased 3.4% year over year to $346.8 million and also beat the consensus mark by 1.4%. Product revenues (61.6% of revenues) fell 9.9% year over year to $213.5 million, primarily due to 77.5% decline in hardware revenues, partially offset by 3% growth in software revenues. Support, entitlements & other services revenues (38.4% of revenues) surged 35.3% to $133.2 million. Total Contract Value (TCV) revenues increased 13.7% year over year to $338.2 million.
Top-Line Details Subscription revenues (76.9% of revenues) jumped 69.4% from the year-ago quarter to $266.5 million. Professional services revenues (3.6% of revenues) grew 48.3% to $12.6 million. Non-Portable Software revenues (17.1% of revenues) plunged 55.1% year over year to $59.1 million. Moreover, hardware revenues (2.5% of revenues) were $8.5 million. Billings were up 3.5% year over year to $428.1 million. Software and Support billings were $419.5 million, up 11.7% year over year. TCV billings increased 11.7% year over year to $419.5 million. Subscription billings accounted for 79% of total billings, up from 73% in the previous quarter. At the end of the quarter, Nutanix had 15,880 customers. The company added 920 customers in the reported quarter. The company’s hypervisor, AHV, experienced a 47% increase in adoption on a rolling four-quarter basis. Operating Details In the fiscal second quarter, the company’s non-GAAP gross profit of $257.5 million was down 8.8% year over year. Non-GAAP gross margin was 74.3%, down from 84.2% reported in the year-ago quarter. Operating expenses on a non-GAAP basis jumped 25.2% year over year to $296.5 million. Sales & marketing, research & development and general & administrative expenses increased 30.6%, 11.8% and 19.5% on a year-over-year basis, respectively. Operating loss on a non-GAAP basis narrowed to $39 million from $113.9 million loss in the year-ago quarter. Balance Sheet & Cash Flow As of Jan 31, 2020, cash and cash equivalents plus short-term investments were $819 million compared with $889 million as of Oct 31, 2019. Cash outflow from operations was $52.5 million compared with an outflow of $26.2 million in the previous quarter. Free cash outflow was $73.7 million compared with $44.4 million in the prior quarter. Deferred revenues surged 35% year over year to $1.06 billion at the end of the reported quarter. Guidance For the third quarter of fiscal 2020, software and support (TCV) revenues are projected between $300 million and $320 million. Nutanix anticipates software and support (TCV) billings of $365-$385 million. Non-GAAP gross margin is anticipated to be around 80%. Moreover, management forecasts operating expenses within $420-$430 million. Nutanix estimates non-GAAP loss of 89 cents per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for loss is pegged at 74 cents per share. For the current fiscal year, Nutanix now expects software and support (TCV) billings between $1.60 billion and $1.67 billion. Moreover, software and support (TCV) revenues are anticipated between $1.29 billion and $1.36 billion. Non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 80% and non-GAAP operating expenses between $1.63 billion and $1.65 billion are expected for the full fiscal. Zacks Rank & Key Picks Nutanix currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks in the broader Computer and Technology sector are Microsoft MSFT, SAP SE SAP and STMicroelectronics STM, each sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here. Long-term earnings growth rate for Microsoft, SAP SE and STMicroelectronics is currently pegged at 13.2%, 9.6% and 5%, respectively. Today's Best Stocks from Zacks Would you like to see the updated picks from our best market-beating strategies? From 2017 through 2019, while the S&P 500 gained an impressive +53.6%, five of our strategies returned +65.8%, +97.1%, +118.0%, +175.7% and even +186.7%. This outperformance has not just been a recent phenomenon. From 2000 – 2019, while the S&P averaged +6.0% per year, our top strategies averaged up to +54.7% per year. See their latest picks free >>