MicroStrategy Announces Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results
Press Release • October 28, 2021
TYSONS CORNER, Va., October 28, 2021 - MicroStrategy® Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR) (“MicroStrategy”), the largest independent publicly-traded business intelligence company, today announced financial results for the three-month period ended September 30, 2021 (the third quarter of its 2021 fiscal year).
“MicroStrategy delivered strong third quarter results that demonstrated successful execution on both our operational and digital asset strategies. Overall demand for the MicroStrategy platform continued to increase, and we are pleased with the growing interest and adoption of our cloud solutions,” said Michael J. Saylor, CEO, MicroStrategy.
“We also significantly expanded our bitcoin holdings in the quarter, adding nearly 9,000 bitcoins to our holdings after successfully raising capital in the quarter through our at-the-market equity offering. Today, MicroStrategy is the world’s largest publicly traded corporate owner of bitcoin with over 114,000 bitcoins. We will continue to evaluate opportunities to raise additional capital to execute on our bitcoin strategy.”
Third Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights
Revenues: Total revenues for the third quarter of 2021 were $128.0 million, a 0.5% increase, compared to the third quarter of 2020. Total revenues for the third quarter of 2021 did not materially change on a non-GAAP constant currency basis. Product licenses and subscription services revenues for the third quarter of 2021 were $36.7 million, a 3.2% decrease, or a 3.1% decrease on a non-GAAP constant currency basis, compared to the third quarter of 2020. Product support revenues for the third quarter of 2021 were $70.4 million, a 1.4% decrease, or a 2.0% decrease on a non-GAAP constant currency basis, compared to the third quarter of 2020. Other services revenues for the third quarter of 2021 were $20.9 million, a 15.1% increase, or a 14.3% increase on a non-GAAP constant currency basis, compared to the third quarter of 2020.
Gross Profit: Gross profit for the third quarter of 2021 was $105.7 million, representing an 82.6% gross margin, compared to a gross margin of 82.9% in the third quarter of 2020.
Operating Expenses: Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2021 were $155.3 million, a 23.3% increase compared to the third quarter of 2020. Operating expenses include impairment losses on MicroStrategy’s digital assets, which were $65.2 million during the third quarter of 2021, compared to $44.2 million in the third quarter of 2020.
Loss from Operations: Loss from operations for the third quarter of 2021 was $49.7 million versus $20.3 million for the third quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP income from operations, which excluded share-based compensation expense and digital asset impairment losses, was $27.7 million for the third quarter of 2021 versus $26.5 million for the third quarter of 2020.
Net Loss: Net loss for the third quarter of 2021 was $36.1 million, or $3.61 per share on a diluted basis, as compared to net loss of $14.2 million, or $1.48 per share on a diluted basis, for the third quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP net income, which excluded share-based compensation expense, digital asset impairment losses, interest expense arising from the amortization of debt issuance costs, and related income tax effects, was $18.6 million, or $1.86 per share on a non-GAAP diluted basis, for the third quarter of 2021, as compared to non-GAAP net income of $19.8 million, or $2.06 per share on a non-GAAP diluted basis, for the third quarter of 2020.
Cash and Cash Equivalents: As of September 30, 2021, MicroStrategy had cash and cash equivalents of $57.0 million, as compared to $59.7 million as of December 31, 2020, a decrease of $2.7 million.
Digital Assets: As of September 30, 2021, the carrying value of MicroStrategy’s digital assets (comprised of approximately 114,042 bitcoins) was $2.406 billion, which reflects cumulative impairment losses of $754.7 million since acquisition and an average carrying amount per bitcoin of approximately $21,095. As of September 30, 2021, the original cost basis and market value of MicroStrategy’s bitcoin were $3.160 billion and $4.965 billion, respectively, which reflects an average cost per bitcoin of approximately $27,713 and a market price per bitcoin of $43,534.56, respectively. Additional information on MicroStrategy’s digital asset holdings is included in the “Digital Assets – Additional Information” tables at the end of this press release.
Open Market Sale Agreement: On June 14, 2021, MicroStrategy entered into an Open Market Sale Agreement (the “Sale Agreement”) with Jefferies LLC, as agent (“Jefferies”), pursuant to which MicroStrategy may sell shares of its class A common stock having an aggregate offering price of up to $1.0 billion from time to time through Jefferies. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 the Company sold 555,179 shares of its class A common stock under the Sale Agreement, at an average gross price per share of approximately $727.64, for aggregate net proceeds (less $4.5 million in sales commissions and expenses) of approximately $399.5 million. As of September 30, 2021, approximately $596.0 million remained available for sale pursuant to the Sale Agreement.
The tables at the end of this press release include a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020. An explanation of non-GAAP financial measures is also included under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below. Additional non-GAAP financial measures are included in MicroStrategy’s “Q3 2021 Earnings Presentation,” which will be available under the “Events and Presentations” section of MicroStrategy’s investor relations website at https://www.microstrategy.com/en/investor-relations.
MicroStrategy uses its Intelligent Enterprise™ platform across the enterprise and has created an interactive dossier with quarterly financial performance data. Anyone can access the MSTR Financials dossier via a web browser, or by downloading the MicroStrategy Library™ app on an iOS or Android device. To download the native apps, visit MicroStrategy Library for iOS or MicroStrategy Library for Android.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
MicroStrategy is providing supplemental financial measures for (i) non-GAAP income from operations that excludes the impact of share-based compensation expense and impairment losses and gains on sale from intangible assets, which include its digital assets, (ii) non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share that exclude the impact of share-based compensation expense, impairment losses and gains on sale from intangible assets, which include its digital assets, interest expense arising from the amortization of debt issuance costs related to MicroStrategy’s long-term debt, and related income tax effects, and (iii) non-GAAP constant currency revenues that exclude foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. These supplemental financial measures are not measurements of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”) and, as a result, these supplemental financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to help understand, manage, and evaluate business performance and to help make operating decisions.
MicroStrategy believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are also useful to investors and analysts in comparing its performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis. The first supplemental financial measure excludes (i) a significant non-cash expense that MicroStrategy believes is not reflective of its general business performance, and for which the accounting requires management judgment and the resulting share-based compensation expense could vary significantly in comparison to other companies and (ii) significant impairment losses and gains on sale from intangible assets, which include MicroStrategy’s bitcoin. The second set of supplemental financial measures excludes the impact of (i) share-based compensation expense, (ii) impairment losses and gains on sale from intangible assets, which include MicroStrategy’s bitcoin, (iii) non-cash interest expense arising from the amortization of debt issuance costs related to MicroStrategy’s long-term debt, and (iv) related income tax effects. The third set of supplemental financial measures excludes changes resulting from fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates so that results may be compared to the same period in the prior year on a non-GAAP constant currency basis. MicroStrategy believes the use of these non-GAAP financial measures can also facilitate comparison of MicroStrategy’s operating results to those of its competitors. With respect to the exclusion of impairment losses on bitcoin in the first two supplemental financial measures, MicroStrategy also believes that adjusting its operating results to remove GAAP impairment losses aligns with its corporate strategy of acquiring and holding bitcoin because the impairment losses do not account for the subsequent increases in market value that MicroStrategy has experienced while holding its bitcoin. In addition, in conjunction with other excluded items, the exclusion of impairment losses on bitcoin helps to provide greater transparency on the operating results from MicroStrategy’s enterprise analytics software business.
MicroStrategy will be discussing its third quarter 2021 financial results on a live Video Webinar today beginning at approximately 5:00 p.m. EDT. The live Video Webinar and accompanying presentation materials will be available under the “Events and Presentations” section of MicroStrategy’s investor relations website at https://www.microstrategy.com/en/investor-relations. Log-in instructions will be available after registering for the event. An archived replay of the event will be available beginning approximately two hours after the call concludes.
About MicroStrategy Incorporated
MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR) is the largest independent publicly-traded analytics and business intelligence company. The MicroStrategy analytics platform is consistently rated as the best in enterprise analytics and is used by many of the world’s most admired brands in the Fortune Global 500. We pursue two corporate strategies: (1) grow our enterprise analytics software business to promote our vision of Intelligence Everywhere and (2) acquire and hold bitcoin, which we view as a dependable store of value supported by a robust, public, open-source architecture untethered to sovereign monetary policy. For more information about MicroStrategy, visit www.microstrategy.com.
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This press release may include statements that may constitute “forward-looking statements,” including estimates of future business prospects or financial results and statements containing the words “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “expect,” or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results of MicroStrategy Incorporated and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”) to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that could contribute to such differences include: the market price of bitcoin and any associated impairment charges that the Company may incur as a result of a decrease in the market price below the value at which the Company’s bitcoins are carried on its balance sheet; gains or losses on sales of bitcoins that the Company would incur upon any sale of its bitcoins; changes in the accounting treatment of the Company’s bitcoin holdings; changes in securities laws or other laws or regulations relating to bitcoin that could adversely affect the price of bitcoin or the Company’s ability to own bitcoin; a decrease in liquidity in the markets in which bitcoins are traded; security breaches, cyberattacks, unauthorized access, loss of private keys, or fraud that results in the Company’s loss of its bitcoins; the level and terms of the Company’s substantial indebtedness and its ability to service such debt; the extent and timing of market acceptance of the Company’s new offerings; continued acceptance of the Company’s other products in the marketplace; the Company’s ability to recognize revenue or deferred revenue through delivery of products or satisfactory performance of services; the timing of significant orders; delays in or the inability of the Company to develop or ship new products; customers shifting from a product license model to a cloud subscription model, which may delay the Company’s ability to recognize revenue; fluctuations in tax benefits or provisions; impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic; competitive factors; general economic conditions; currency fluctuations; and other risks detailed in MicroStrategy’s registration statements and periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release.