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Blackbaud Announces 2019 Third Quarter Results

Third Quarter Recurring Revenue Grows 9%; Reaffirms 2019 Financial Guidance

Charleston, S.C. (October 28, 2019) – Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

“We continue to gain momentum in our aim to delight customers through innovative cloud solutions, and it is clear that the progress we’ve made is resonating with the individuals that use our solutions every day. Earlier this month, we hosted a record number of attendees at the 20th annual bbcon, the premier tech gathering for organizations focused on the latest trends and innovations driving the social good community forward,” said Mike Gianoni, Blackbaud’s president and CEO. “Among the many product and innovation updates across all of our vertical markets, we announced the general availability of Blackbaud Church Management™, which is already transforming the church technology landscape. Within just one year of announcing plans for Blackbaud Church Management, we now serve churches in more than half of the 50 U.S. states, representing congregations of all different sizes and spanning more than 10 denominations. This pace of innovation is extraordinary in our industry.”

Third Quarter 2019 Results Compared to Third Quarter 2018 Results: 

  • Total GAAP revenue was $221.1 million, up 5.5%, with $205.2 million in GAAP recurring revenue, representing 92.8% of total GAAP revenue. GAAP recurring revenue was up 8.8%. 

  • Total non-GAAP revenue was $221.4 million, up 5.4%, with $205.5 million in non-GAAP recurring revenue, representing 92.8% of total non-GAAP revenue. Non-GAAP recurring revenue was up 8.6%. 

  • Non-GAAP organic recurring revenue increased 5.6%. 

  • GAAP income from operations was $7.9 million, with GAAP operating margin of 3.6%, a decrease of 390 basis points. 

  • Non-GAAP income from operations was $36.6 million, with non-GAAP operating margin of 16.5%, a decrease of 240 basis points. 

  • GAAP net income was $4.6 million, with GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.09, down $0.14. 

  • Non-GAAP net income was $26.9 million, with non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.56, down $0.03. 

  • Non-GAAP free cash flow was $62.5 million, an increase of $4.7 million.

“We’ve posted solid recurring revenue growth through the first three quarters of the year, and anticipate carrying that performance through the end of 2019,” said Tony Boor, Blackbaud’s executive vice president and CFO. “The investments we’re making in innovation are delivering tremendous value for our existing customers and we’ve created entirely new product opportunities in our Higher Education and Faith verticals. The investments into sales and marketing are improving our ability to scale, increase our selling footprint, and position us to drive future growth. We’re planning to continue these heightened investments though the end of the year.”

An explanation of all non-GAAP financial measures referenced in this press release is included below under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.” A reconciliation of the company’s non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures has been provided in the financial statement tables included below in this press release.  

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Blackbaud announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a fourth quarter 2019 dividend of $0.12 per share payable on December 13, 2019 to stockholders of record on November 27, 2019.

Financial Outlook
Blackbaud today reaffirmed its 2019 full year financial guidance:

  • Non-GAAP revenue of $880 million to $910 million 

  • Non-GAAP operating margin of 16.7% to 17.2% 

  • Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $2.11 to $2.28 

  • Non-GAAP free cash flow of $124 million to $134 million

Blackbaud has not reconciled forward-looking full-year non-GAAP financial measures contained in this news release to their most directly comparable GAAP measures, as permitted by Item 10(e)(1)(i)(B) of Regulation S-K. Such reconciliations would require unreasonable efforts at this time to estimate and quantify with a reasonable degree of certainty various necessary GAAP components, including for example those related to compensation, acquisition transactions and integration, tax items or others that may arise during the year. These components and other factors could materially impact the amount of the future directly comparable GAAP measures, which may differ significantly from their non-GAAP counterparts.

Adoption of New Lease Accounting Standard
On January 1, 2019, we adopted Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) (“ASU 2016-02”), using the transition method that allowed us to initially apply the guidance at the adoption date of January 1, 2019 without adjusting comparative periods presented. ASU 2016-02 requires lessees to record most leases on their balance sheet but recognize expenses in the income statement in a manner similar to previous guidance. The impacts of adoption are reflected in Blackbaud’s guidance and other financial information herein. We have provided more detailed information regarding the impact of our adoption of ASU 2016-02 in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 3, 2019.

Conference Call Details
What: Blackbaud’s 2019 Third Quarter Conference Call
When:October 29, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)
Live Call: 800-289-0459 (US/Canada); passcode 357233
Webcast:Blackbaud’s Investor Relations Webpage

About Blackbaud
Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, companies, education institutions, healthcare organizations and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud software, services, expertise and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook

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Forward-Looking Statements
Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding: the predictability of our financial results, expectations that our revenue will continue to grow, and expectations that we will achieve our projected 2019 full-year financial guidance. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: management of integration of acquired companies; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; a shifting revenue mix that may impact gross margin; continued success in sales growth; risks related to our dividend policy and stock repurchase program, including the possibility that we might discontinue payment of dividends; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at or upon request from Blackbaud’s investor relations department. Blackbaud assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Blackbaud has provided in this release financial information that has not been prepared in accordance with GAAP. This information includes non-GAAP revenue, non-GAAP recurring revenue, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share. Blackbaud has acquired businesses whose net tangible assets include deferred revenue. In accordance with GAAP reporting requirements, Blackbaud recorded write-downs of deferred revenue to fair value, which resulted in lower recognized revenue. Both on a quarterly and year-to-date basis, the revenue for the acquired businesses is deferred and typically recognized over a one-year period, so Blackbaud’s GAAP revenues for the one-year period after the acquisitions will not reflect the full amount of revenues that would have been reported if the acquired deferred revenue was not written down to fair value. The non-GAAP measures described above reverse the acquisition-related deferred revenue write-downs so that the full amount of revenue booked by the acquired companies is included, which Blackbaud believes provides a more accurate representation of a revenue run-rate in a given period. In addition to reversing write-downs of acquisition-related deferred revenue, non-GAAP financial measures discussed above exclude the impact of certain items that Blackbaud believes are not directly related to its performance in any particular period, but are for its long-term benefit over multiple periods.

In addition, Blackbaud uses non-GAAP organic revenue growth, non-GAAP organic revenue growth on a constant currency basis and non-GAAP organic recurring revenue growth, in analyzing its operating performance. Blackbaud believes that these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors, as a supplement to GAAP measures, for evaluating the periodic growth of its business on a consistent basis. Each of these measures excludes incremental acquisition-related revenue attributable to companies acquired in the current fiscal year. For companies acquired in the immediately preceding fiscal year, each of these measures reflects presentation of full-year incremental non-GAAP revenue derived from such companies as if they were combined throughout the prior period, and it includes the non-GAAP revenue attributable to those companies, as if there were no acquisition-related write-downs of acquired deferred revenue to fair value as required by GAAP. In addition, each of these measures excludes prior period revenue associated with divested businesses. The exclusion of the prior period revenue is to present the results of the divested businesses within the results of the combined company for the same period of time in both the prior and current periods. Blackbaud believes this presentation provides a more comparable representation of its current business’ organic revenue growth and revenue run-rate.

Non-GAAP free cash flow is defined as operating cash flow less capital expenditures, including costs required to be capitalized for software development, and capital expenditures for property and equipment.

Blackbaud uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally in analyzing its financial results and believes they are useful to investors, as a supplement to GAAP measures, in evaluating Blackbaud’s ongoing operational performance. Blackbaud believes that these non-GAAP financial measures reflect Blackbaud’s ongoing business in a manner that allows for meaningful period-to-period comparison and analysis of trends in its business. In addition, Blackbaud believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides additional information for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends and in comparing its financial results from period-to-period with other companies in Blackbaud’s industry, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors. However, these non-GAAP financial measures may not be completely comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies due to differences in the exact method of calculation between companies. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.


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