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Braze Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2024 Results

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Second quarter revenue grew 33.6% year-over-year to $115.1 million

Achieved dollar-based net retention of 120% for the trailing 12 months

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--$BRZE--Braze (Nasdaq: BRZE) the leading comprehensive customer engagement platform that powers interactions between consumers and the brands they love, today announced results for its fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2023.

“We delivered another strong quarter, demonstrating strong top-line growth and operating efficiency,” said Bill Magnuson, cofounder and CEO of Braze. “Ambitious brands around the world continue to advance and consolidate their technology ecosystem with Braze’s AI-infused, real-time Customer Engagement Platform. Alongside messaging with traditional channels like e-mail, SMS, mobile push notifications, and in-product communication, Braze customers are also taking advantage of newly supported messaging options like WhatsApp to power more effective cross-channel experiences, and relying on Braze's sophisticated data capabilities to enhance their investments in first party data. We are excited to continue developing leading solutions that position Braze to become the industry standard for customer engagement.”

Fiscal Second Quarter 2024 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue was $115.1 million compared to $86.1 million in the second quarter of the fiscal year ended January 31, 2023, up 33.6% year-over year, driven primarily by new customers, upsells and renewals.
  • Subscription revenue in the quarter was $109.7 million compared to $81.7 million in the second quarter of the fiscal year ended January 31, 2023, and professional services and other revenue was $5.4 million compared to $4.4 million in the second quarter of the fiscal year ended January 31, 2023.
  • Remaining performance obligations as of July 31, 2023 was $523.5 million, of which $353.3 million is current, which we define as less than one year.
  • GAAP Gross Margin was 69.2% compared to 68.2% in the second quarter of the fiscal year ended January 31, 2023.
  • Non-GAAP Gross Margin was 70.0% compared to 69.3% in the second quarter of the fiscal year ended January 31, 2023.
  • Dollar-based net retention for all customers for the trailing 12 months ended July 31, 2023 and July 31, 2022 was 120% and 126%, respectively; dollar-based net retention for customers with annual recurring revenue (ARR) of $500,000 or more was 123% compared to 130% in the second quarter of the fiscal year ended January 31, 2023.
  • Total customers increased to 1,958 as of July 31, 2023 from 1,599 as of July 31, 2022; 173 of our customers had ARR of $500,000 or more as of July 31, 2023, compared to 139 customers as of July 31, 2022.
  • GAAP operating loss was $35.4 million compared to an operating loss of $35.1 million in the second quarter of the fiscal year ended January 31, 2023. Contributors to the operating loss in the quarter included $24.8 million on stock-based compensation expense.
  • Non-GAAP operating loss was $7.6 million compared to a loss of $17.5 million in the second quarter of the fiscal year ended January 31, 2023.
  • GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share attributable to Braze common stockholders was $0.33 compared to $0.35 in the second quarter of the fiscal year ended January 31, 2023.
  • Non-GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share attributable to Braze common stockholders was $0.04 compared to $0.16 in the second quarter of the fiscal year ended January 31, 2023.
  • Net cash used in operating activities was $17.5 million compared to net cash used in operating activities of $16.3 million in the second quarter of the fiscal year ended January 31, 2023.
  • Free cash flow was $(18.7) million compared to $(24.7) million in the second quarter of the fiscal year end January 31, 2023.
  • Total cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, and marketable securities was $476.2 million as of July 31, 2023 compared to $482.7 million as of January 31, 2023.

Recent Business Highlights

  • Notable new business wins and upsells in the quarter included Miro, the National Basketball Association, Rappi, and Stori.
  • Unveiled Sage AI, a set of advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities deeply integrated into the Braze platform, data flows, and execution stack designed to drive faster and better customer engagement outcomes.
  • Launched Braze Instant Insights, a suite of Snowflake Native Apps on Snowflake Marketplace.
  • Introduced new data integration innovations and partnerships to help brands create personalized, cross-channel campaigns faster by reducing data complexities between marketing and technical teams.
  • Braze joined the Russell 3000 Index in its annual reconstitution in June.
  • Braze released its second annual Environmental, Social, and Governance Report in July.

Financial Outlook

Braze is initiating guidance for the fiscal third quarter ending October 31, 2023, and updating guidance for the fiscal year ending January 31, 2024.

Metric

(in millions, except per share amounts)

FY 2024 Q3 Guidance

FY 2024 Guidance

Revenue

$116.5 - 117.5

$451.5 - 454.5

Non-GAAP operating loss

$(15.5) - (16.5)

$(47.0) - (49.0)

Non-GAAP net loss

$(13.0) - (14.0)

$(37.0) - (39.0)

Non-GAAP net loss per share

$(0.13) - (0.14)

$(0.37) - (0.39)

Weighted average shares outstanding

~100.2

~98.8

Braze also reiterated guidance on its non-GAAP operating loss margin, which it believes will be negative 7% or better during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ending January 31, 2024.

Braze has not reconciled its guidance as to non-GAAP operating loss, non-GAAP operating loss margin, non-GAAP net loss or non-GAAP net loss per share to their most directly comparable GAAP measure as a result of uncertainty regarding, and the potential variability of, reconciling items such as stock-based compensation expense specific to equity compensation awards that are directly impacted by unpredictable fluctuations in Braze’s stock price. Accordingly, reconciliation is not available without unreasonable effort, although it is important to note that these factors could be material to Braze’s results calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Conference Call Information:

What: Braze Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2024 Financial Results Conference Call
When: Thursday, September 7th at 4:30 pm EDT / 2:00 pm PDT
Webcast & Supplemental Data: investors.braze.com
Replay: A webcast replay will be available on Braze’s investor site at investors.braze.com.

Supplemental and Other Financial Information

Supplemental information, including an accompanying financial presentation and other information can be accessed through Braze’s investor website at investors.braze.com

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release and the accompanying tables contain the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP gross profit and margin, non-GAAP sales and marketing expense, non-GAAP research and development expense, non-GAAP general and administrative expense, non-GAAP operating loss, non-GAAP operating income margin, non-GAAP net loss, non-GAAP net loss per share, basic and diluted, and non-GAAP free cash flow. Braze defines non-GAAP gross profit and margin, non-GAAP sales and marketing expense, non-GAAP research and development expense, non-GAAP general and administrative expense, non-GAAP operating loss, non-GAAP operating income margin, and non-GAAP net loss as the respective GAAP balances, adjusted for stock-based compensation expense, employer taxes related to stock-based compensation, charitable contribution expense, acquisition related expense, amortization of intangible assets, and restructuring expense. Prior to the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ended January 31, 2023, Braze did not adjust non-GAAP gross profit and margin, non-GAAP sales and marketing expense, non-GAAP research and development expense, non-GAAP general and administrative expense, non-GAAP operating loss, non-GAAP operating income margin, or non-GAAP net loss for acquisition related expense, because there was not acquisition activity by Braze in prior periods. Additionally, prior to the second quarter of the fiscal year ended January 31, 2024, Braze did not adjust non-GAAP gross profit and margin, non-GAAP sales and marketing expense, non-GAAP research and development expense, non-GAAP general and administrative expense, non-GAAP operating loss or non-GAAP net loss for amortization of intangible assets, because there were no such amortizations in prior periods, or for restructuring expense, because such amounts were not material in prior periods. Braze defines non-GAAP free cash flow as net cash used in operating activities, minus purchases of property and equipment and minus capitalized internal-use software costs. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these historical non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Braze uses this non-GAAP financial information internally in analyzing its financial results and believes that this non-GAAP financial information, when taken collectively with GAAP financial measures, may be helpful to investors because it provides consistency and comparability with past financial performance and assists in comparisons with other companies, some of which use similar non-GAAP financial information to supplement their GAAP results. The non-GAAP financial information is presented for supplemental informational purposes only, and should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP), and may be different from similarly-titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

The principal limitation of these non-GAAP financial measures is that they exclude significant expenses that are required by GAAP to be recorded in Braze’s financial statements. In addition, they are subject to inherent limitations as they reflect the exercise of judgment by Braze’s management about which expenses are excluded or included in determining these non-GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation is provided below in the financial statement tables included below in this press release for each non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable financial measure stated in accordance with GAAP.

Braze encourages investors to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, which it includes in press releases announcing quarterly and fiscal year financial results, including this press release, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate Braze’s business.

Definition of Other Business Metrics

Customer: Braze defines a customer, as of period end, as the separate and distinct, ultimate parent-level entity that has an active subscription with Braze to use its products. A single organization could have multiple distinct contracting divisions or subsidiaries, all of which together would be considered a single customer.

Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR): Braze defines ARR as the annualized value of customer subscription contracts, including certain premium professional services that are subject to contractual subscription terms, as of the measurement date, assuming any contract that expires during the next 12 months is renewed on its existing terms (including contracts for which Braze is negotiating a renewal). Braze’s calculation of ARR is not adjusted for the impact of any known or projected future events (such as customer cancellations, expansion or contraction of existing customers relationships or price increases or decreases) that may cause any such contract not to be renewed on its existing terms. ARR may decline or fluctuate as a result of a number of factors, including customers’ satisfaction or dissatisfaction with Braze’s products and professional services, pricing, competitive offerings, economic conditions or overall changes in Braze’s customers’ spending levels. ARR should be viewed independently of revenue and does not represent Braze’s GAAP revenue on an annualized basis or a forecast of revenue, as it is an operating metric that can be impacted by contract start and end dates and renewal rates.

Dollar-Based Net Retention Rate: Braze calculates dollar-based net retention rate as of a period end by starting with the ARR from a cohort of customers as of 12 months prior to such period-end (the Prior Period ARR). Braze then calculates the ARR from the same cohort of customers as of the end of the current period (the Current Period ARR). Current Period ARR includes any expansion and is net of contraction or attrition over the last 12 months, but excludes ARR from new customers in the current period. Braze then divides the total Current Period ARR by the total Prior Period ARR to arrive at the point-in-time dollar-based net retention rate. Braze then calculates the weighted average point-in-time dollar-based net retention rates as of the last day of each month in the current trailing 12-month period to arrive at the dollar-based net retention rate.

Remaining Performance Obligations: The transaction price allocated to remaining performance obligations represents amounts under non-cancelable contracts expected to be recognized as revenue in future periods, and may be influenced by several factors, including seasonality, the timing of renewals, the timing of service delivery and contract terms. Unbilled portions of the remaining performance obligation are subject to future economic risks including bankruptcies, regulatory changes and other market factors.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to, statements regarding Braze’s financial outlook for the third quarter of and full fiscal year ended January 31, 2024. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “goal,” “hope,” “intend,” “may,” might,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “shall,” “should,” “target,” “will” “and variations of these terms and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words.

Forward-looking statements are based on Braze’s current assumptions, expectations and beliefs and are subject to substantial risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause Braze’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to: (1) unstable market and economic conditions may have serious adverse consequences on Braze’s business, financial condition and share price; (2) Braze’s recent rapid revenue growth may not be indicative of its future revenue growth; (3) Braze’s history of operating losses; (4) Braze’s limited operating history at its current scale; (5) Braze’s ability to successfully manage its growth; (6) the accuracy of estimates of market opportunity and forecasts of market growth and the impact of global and domestic socioeconomic events on Braze’s business; (7) Braze’s ability and the ability of its platform to adapt and respond to changing customer or consumer needs, requirements or preferences; (8) Braze’s ability to attract new customers and renew existing customers; (9) the competitive markets in which Braze participates and the intense competition that it faces; (10) Braze’s ability to adapt and respond effectively to rapidly changing technology, evolving cybersecurity and data privacy risks, evolving industry standards or changing regulations; and (11) Braze’s reliance on third-party providers of cloud-based infrastructure; as well as other risks and uncertainties discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of Braze’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 31, 2023, Braze’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2023, filed with the SEC on June 9, 2023, and other subsequent reports filed with the SEC. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent Braze’s views only as of the date of this press release and Braze assumes no obligation, and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

About Braze

Braze is a leading comprehensive customer engagement platform that powers interactions between consumers and brands they love. With Braze, global brands can ingest and process customer data in real time, orchestrate and optimize contextually relevant, cross-channel marketing campaigns and continuously evolve their customer engagement strategies. Braze has been recognized as one of Fortune’s 2022 Best US Workplaces in Technology, Fortune’s 2022 Best US Workplaces for Women, 2022 UK Best Workplaces for Women by Great Place to Work, and Fortune's 2022 Best US Workplace for Millennials. The company is headquartered in New York with 10+ offices across North America, Europe and APAC. Learn more at braze.com.

Braze uses its Investor website at investors.braze.com as a means of disclosing material non-public information, announcing upcoming investor conferences and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Accordingly, you should monitor its investor relations website in addition to following its press releases, SEC filings and public conference calls and webcasts.

Selected Financial Data

BRAZE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

July 31,

Six Months Ended

July 31,

2023

2022

2023

2022

Revenue

$

115,107

$

86,131

$

216,887

$

163,626

Cost of revenue (1)(2)

35,474

27,352

68,161

53,258

Gross profit

79,633

58,779

148,726

110,368

Operating expenses:

Sales and marketing (1)(2)(6)

60,417

50,007

117,679

96,051

Research and development (1)(2)

29,132

23,336

58,877

44,956

General and administrative (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)

25,453

20,543

49,436

44,117

Total operating expenses

115,002

93,886

225,992

185,124

Loss from operations

(35,369

)

(35,107

)

(77,266

)

(74,756

)

Other income, net

3,865

1,729

7,324

1,759

Loss before provision for income taxes

(31,504

)

(33,378

)

(69,942

)

(72,997

)

Provision for income taxes

545

35

933

49

Net loss

(32,049

)

(33,413

)

(70,875

)

(73,046

)

Net loss attributable to redeemable non-controlling interest

(355

)

(527

)

(727

)

(891

)

Net loss attributable to Braze, Inc.

$

(31,694

)

$

(32,886

)

$

(70,148

)

$

(72,155

)

Net loss per share attributable to Braze, Inc. common stockholders, basic and diluted

$

(0.33

)

$

(0.35

)

$

(0.72

)

$

(0.77

)

Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per share attributable to Braze, Inc. common stockholders, basic and diluted

97,180

94,103

97,023

93,668

(1) Includes stock-based compensation as follows:

Three Months Ended

July 31,

Six Months Ended

July 31,

2023

2022

2023

2022

Cost of revenue

$

901

$

911

$

1,790

$

1,831

Sales and marketing

7,807

5,439

15,655

11,106

Research and development

9,929

6,921

19,772

13,094

General and administrative

6,139

3,842

11,705

8,053

Total stock-based compensation expense

$

24,776

$

17,113

$

48,922

$

34,084

(2) Includes employer taxes related to stock-based compensation as follows:

Three Months Ended

July 31,

Six Months Ended

July 31,

2023

2022

2023

2022

Cost of revenue

$

30

$

24

$

52

$

40

Sales and marketing

247

220

364

387

Research and development

266

124

522

251

General and administrative

65

164

155

229

Total employer taxes related to stock-based compensation

$

608

$

532

$

1,093

$

907

(3) Includes 1% Pledge charitable donation expense as follows:

Three Months Ended

July 31,

Six Months Ended

July 31,

2023

2022

2023

2022

General and administrative

$

964

$

$

964

$

4,260

(4) Includes acquisition related expense as follows:

Three Months Ended

July 31,

Six Months Ended

July 31,

2023

2022

2023

2022

General and administrative

$

678

$

$

1,946

$

(5) Includes amortization of intangible assets acquired in the acquisition expense as follows:

Three Months Ended

July 31,

Six Months Ended

July 31,

2023

2022

2023

2022

General and administrative

$

148

$

$

148

$

(6) Includes restructuring related expense as follows:

Three Months Ended

July 31,

Six Months Ended

July 31,

2023

2022

2023

2022

Sales and marketing

$

541

$

$

541

$

General and administrative

103

103

$

Total restructuring costs

$

644

$

$

644

$

BRAZE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

July 31,

2023

January 31,

2023

ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

77,302

$

68,587

Restricted cash, current

3,373

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $2,414 and $1,613 at July 31, 2023 and January 31, 2023, respectively

70,133

78,338

Marketable securities

394,946

410,083

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

28,281

26,163

Total current assets

574,035

583,171

Restricted cash, noncurrent

530

4,036

Property and equipment, net

20,680

20,339

Operating lease right-of-use assets

45,375

46,261

Deferred contract costs

55,456

48,451

Goodwill

28,045

Intangible assets, net

4,122

500

Other assets

3,897

2,648

TOTAL ASSETS

$

732,140

$

705,406

LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST, AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

Accounts payable

$

1,882

$

3,101

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

56,261

37,415

Deferred revenue

176,803

166,092

Operating lease liabilities, current

13,522

10,695

Total current liabilities

248,468

217,303

Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent

38,063

40,590

Other long-term liabilities

4,510

755

TOTAL LIABILITIES

291,041

258,648

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (Note 13)

Redeemable non-controlling interest (Note 4)

728

1,455

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Class A common stock, $0.0001 par value; 2,000,000,000 and 2,000,000,000 shares authorized as of July 31, 2023 and January 31, 2023, respectively; 66,542,527 and 61,585,973 shares issued and outstanding as of July 31, 2023 and January 31, 2023, respectively

6

6

Class B common stock, $0.0001 par value; 110,000,000 and 110,000,000 shares authorized as of July 31, 2023 and January 31, 2023, respectively; 31,687,453 and 34,389,453 shares issued and outstanding as of July 31, 2023 and January 31, 2023, respectively

4

4

Additional paid-in capital

870,313

806,044

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(5,877

)

(6,824

)

Accumulated deficit

(424,075

)

(353,927

)

TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

440,371

445,303

TOTAL LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST, AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

$

732,140

$

705,406

BRAZE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)

Six Months Ended

July 31,

2023

2022

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net loss (including amounts attributable to redeemable non-controlling interests)

$

(70,875

)

$

(73,046

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:

Stock-based compensation

49,002

34,253

Amortization of deferred contract costs

13,941

10,984

Depreciation and amortization

2,845

1,900

Provision for credit losses

1,294

(155

)

Value of common stock donated to charity

964

4,260

Amortization of discount/premium on marketable securities

991

215

Non-cash foreign exchange loss

510

295

Other

494

(36

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

8,926

16,622

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(2,029

)

3,110

Deferred contract costs

(21,018

)

(14,661

)

ROU assets and liabilities

991

2,617

Other assets

(959

)

521

Accounts payable

(1,315

)

582

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

15,297

4,419

Deferred revenue

6,471

9,703

Other long-term liabilities

(498

)

17

Net cash provided by operating activities

5,032

1,600

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Cash paid for acquisition; net of cash acquired

(16,318

)

Purchases of property and equipment

(427

)

(9,844

)

Capitalized internal-use software costs

(1,640

)

(783

)

Purchases of marketable securities

(121,392

)

(543,880

)

Maturities of marketable securities

136,289

150,708

Net cash used in investing activities

(3,488

)

(403,799

)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Proceeds from exercise of common stock options

7,333

5,411

Net cash provided by financing activities

7,333

5,411

Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

(295

)

(1,268

)

Net change in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

8,582

(398,056

)

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of period

72,623

482,973

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period

$

81,205

$

84,917


Contacts

Investors:
Christopher Ferris
IR@braze.com
(609) 964-0585

Media:
Meghan Halaszynski
Press@braze.com


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