Docebo Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

TORONTO, November 11, 2021 – Docebo Inc. (NASDAQ: DCBO; TSX:DCBO) (“Docebo” or the “Company”), a leading artificial intelligence (AI)-powered learning suite, today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021. All amounts are expressed in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

“In the third quarter, we reported growth in revenue and ARR that once again exceeded 60% as we added a record $10.2 million in net ARR,” said Claudio Erba CEO and Founder of Docebo. “The momentum in our business continues to build, and while our growth remains well balanced across customers and industry verticals, the use cases are getting larger, driving further growth in average contract value as more organizations leverage Docebo as a productivity enablement tool to train their employees, partners, and customers.”

Added Mr. Erba, “I am also very proud of our recent achievements as a global organization that continues to grow and mature. This includes our recent inclusion in the S&P TSX Composite and our positive social impact efforts such as the training we help deliver to non-profit organizations like Heart & Stroke, Amnesty International, and INHOPE, and our extensive internal CSR initiatives led to recent recognition with a Tech Cares Award from TrustRadius. These initiatives are a testament to Docebo’s culture of caring, including Docebo Green Ambassadors, focused on our planet and environment, Docebo Pride, and Docebo Women’s Alliance, bringing the importance of diversity, equality, and inclusion to the forefront of our efforts as a company.”

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue of $27.1 million, an increase of 68% from the comparative period in the prior year
  • Subscription revenue of $25.1 million, representing 93% of total revenue, and an increase of 66% from the comparative period in the prior year
  • Gross profit of $21.4 million, an increase of 62% from the comparative period in the prior year, or 79% of revenue compared to 82% of revenue for the comparative period in the prior year
  • Net income of $0.7 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to net loss of $1.2 million, or $0.04 per share for the comparative period in the prior year (net income for the quarter reflected an unrealized gain on FX of $4.8 million)
  • Annual Recurring Revenue 1, 2 as at September 30, 2021 of $103.5 million, an increase of $38.9 million from $64.6 million at the end of the third quarter of 2020, or an increase of 60.2%
  • Negative Adjusted EBITDA 2 of $2.0 million, or 7% of revenue, compared to $0.6 million or 4% of revenue, for the comparative period in the prior year
  • Negative cash flow generated from operating activities of $0.4 million, compared to positive $0.5 million for the comparative period in the prior year
  • Negative free cash flow 2 of $1.0 million compared to negative $0.1 million for the comparative period in the prior year
  • Cash and cash equivalents of $215.5 million as at September 30, 2021 compared to $219.7 million as at December 31, 2020

1 Please refer to “Key Performance Indicators” section of this press release.
2 Please refer to “Non-IFRS Measures and Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Measures” section of this press release.

Third Quarter 2021 Business Highlights

  • Docebo is now used by 2,636 customers, an increase from 2,025 customers at the end of September 30, 2020
  • Strong growth in average contract value, calculated as total Annual Recurring Revenue divided by the number of active customers, increasing from $31,900 to $39,275
  • Record average contract value for new deals signed during the third quarter at $58,784
  • Signed a new customer agreement with Zoom Video Communications to create personalized learning experiences with the ability to robustly scale and service employees, partners and customers under a single platform
  • Signed a new customer agreement with Neiman Marcus, the American chain of luxury department stores, to provide best-in-class learning solutions to accelerate their digital transformation projects
  • Added several customers in the biotech and healthcare sectors including a new customer agreement with Smiths Medical, a leading global manufacturer of specialty medical devices, who has invested in the wider Docebo Learning Suite including Docebo Learn LMS and Docebo Learning Impact
  • Signed a user and product expansion agreement with Deliveroo, a leading on-demand food delivery service, to introduce a new way to develop content using Docebo Shape and measure the impact of their learning programs while benchmarking against peers using Docebo Learning Impact
  • At the Docebo Inspire annual conference in October, introduced Docebo Connect and Docebo Flow, innovations that allow customers to make integrations of Docebo Learn LMS into their enterprise tech stack faster and more effective, and to allow training delivery alongside their most-used enterprise applications within the daily flow of work
  • Added to the S&P/TSX Composite Index, the principal benchmark measure for the Canadian markets consisting of its largest and most respected public companies
  • Subsequent to the quarter end, Docebo was proud to be recognized with the 2021 Tech Cares Award from TrustRadius, for demonstrating strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) in empowering women in technology with opportunities for growth

Third Quarter 2021 Results

Selected Financial Measures

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,

2021

2020

Change

Change

2021

2020

Change

Change

$

$

$

%

$

$

$

%

Subscription Revenue

25,057

15,101

9,956

65.9

%

68,476

40,699

27,777

68.2

%

Professional Services

2,011

995

1,016

102.1

%

5,965

3,462

2,503

72.3

%

Total Revenue

27,068

16,096

10,972

68.2

%

74,441

44,161

30,280

68.6

%

Gross Profit Margin

21,385

13,213

8,172

61.8

%

59,742

35,597

24,145

67.8

%

Percentage of Total Revenue

79.0

%

82.1

%

80.3

%

80.6

%

Key Business Indicators

As at September 30,

2021

2020

Change

Change %

Annual Recurring Revenue (in millions of US dollars)

103.5

64.6

38.9

60.2

%

Average Contract Value (in thousands of US dollars)

39.3

31.9

7.4

23.2

%

Customers 

2,636

2,025

611

30.2

%

Non-IFRS Metrics

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,

2021

2020

Change

Change

2021

2020

Change

Change

$

$

$

%

$

$

$

%

Adjusted EBITDA

(1,953)

577

(2,530)

(438.5)

%

(6,437)

(2,698)

(3,739)

138.6

%

Free Cash Flow

(1,038)

(140)

(898)

641.4

%

(4,223)

(2,882)

(1,341)

46.5

%

 

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 8:00 am ET to discuss these third quarter results.

To access the conference call, please dial 647-792-1241 or 1-800-437-2398. The unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and Management’s Discussion & Analysis for the same period have been filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, these documents along with a presentation in connection with the conference call can be accessed online at https://investors.docebo.com.

An archived recording of the conference call will be available until November 18, 2021 and for 90 days on our website. To listen to the recording, call 647-436-0148 or 1-888-203-1112 and enter passcode 9395821.

Forward-looking Information

This press release contains “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” (collectively, “forward-looking information”) within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking information may relate to our future financial outlook and anticipated events or results and may include information regarding our financial position, business strategy, the impact of COVID-19 on our business, growth strategies, addressable markets, budgets, operations, financial results, taxes, dividend policy, plans and objectives. Particularly, information regarding our expectations of future results, performance, achievements, prospects or opportunities or the markets in which we operate is forward-looking information.

In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “targets”, “expects”, “is expected”, “an opportunity exists”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “outlook”, “forecasts”, “projection”, “prospects”, “strategy”, “intends”, “anticipates”, “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or, “will”, “occur” or “be achieved”, and similar words or the negative of these terms and similar terminology. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, intentions, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances contain forward-looking information. Statements containing forward-looking information are not historical facts but instead represent management’s expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events or circumstances.

This forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s business; future financial position and business strategy; the learning management industry; our growth rates and growth strategies; addressable markets for our solutions; the achievement of advances in and expansion of our platform; expectations regarding our revenue and the revenue generation potential of our platform and other products; our business plans and strategies; and our competitive position in our industry. This forward-looking information is based on our opinions, estimates and assumptions in light of our experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that we currently believe are appropriate and reasonable in the circumstances. Despite a careful process to prepare and review the forward-looking information, there can be no assurance that the underlying opinions, estimates and assumptions will prove to be correct. Certain assumptions include: our ability to build our market share and enter new markets and industry verticals; our ability to retain key personnel; our ability to maintain and expand geographic scope; our ability to execute on our expansion plans; our ability to continue investing in infrastructure to support our growth; our ability to obtain and maintain existing financing on acceptable terms; our ability to execute on profitability initiatives; currency exchange and interest rates; the impact of competition; the effectiveness of mitigation strategies undertaken with respect to COVID-19, and the severity, duration and impacts of COVID-19 on the economy and our business, which is highly uncertain and cannot reasonably be predicted; our ability to respond to the changes and trends in our industry or the global economy; and the changes in laws, rules, regulations, and global standards are material factors made in preparing forward-looking information and management’s expectations.

Forward-looking information is necessarily based on a number of opinions, estimates and assumptions that, while considered by the Company to be appropriate and reasonable as of the date of this press release, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including but not limited to:

  • the Company’s ability to execute its growth strategies;
  • the impact of changing conditions in the global corporate e-learning market;
  • increasing competition in the global corporate e-learning market in which the Company operates;
  • fluctuations in currency exchange rates and volatility in financial markets;
  • the extent of the impact of COVID-19 and measures taken to contain the virus on our results of operations and overall financial performance;
  • changes in the attitudes, financial condition and demand of our target market;
  • developments and changes in applicable laws and regulations; and
  • such other factors discussed in greater detail under the “Risk Factors” section of our Annual Information Form dated March 10, 2021 (“AIF”), which is available under our profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

If any of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if the opinions, estimates or assumptions underlying the forward-looking information prove incorrect, actual results or future events might vary materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking information. The opinions, estimates or assumptions referred to above and described in greater detail in the “Summary of Factors Affecting our Performance” section of our MD&A for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and in the “Risk Factors” section of our AIF, should be considered carefully by prospective investors.

Although we have attempted to identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other risk factors not presently known to us or that we presently believe are not material that could also cause actual results or future events to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking information. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. No forward-looking statement is a guarantee of future results. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information, which speaks only as of the date made. The forward-looking information contained in this press release represents our expectations as of the date specified herein, and are subject to change after such date. However, we disclaim any intention or obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities laws.

All of the forward-looking information contained in this press release is expressly qualified by the foregoing cautionary statements.

Additional information relating to Docebo, including our Annual Information Form, can be found on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

About Docebo

Docebo is redefining the way enterprises leverage technology to create and manage content, deliver training, and understand the business impact of their learning experiences. With Docebo’s multi-product learning suite, enterprises around the world are equipped to tackle any learning challenge and create a true learning culture within their organization.

Results of Operations

The following table outlines our unaudited condensed consolidated interim statements of income (loss) and comprehensive loss for the following periods:

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,

(In thousands of US dollars, except per share data)

2021

2020

2021

2020

$

$

$

$

Revenue

27,068 

16,096

74,441 

44,161

Cost of revenue

5,683 

2,883

14,699 

8,564

Gross profit

21,385 

13,213

59,742 

35,597

Operating expenses

General and administrative

6,817 

3,575

21,178 

11,260

Sales and marketing

11,142 

5,796

30,708 

17,559

Research and development

5,481 

3,265

14,858 

9,476

Share-based compensation

745 

512

1,662 

1,317

Foreign exchange (gain) loss

(4,765)

440

375 

(1,607)

Depreciation and amortization

501 

279

1,464 

771

19,921 

13,867

70,245 

38,776

Operating income (loss)

1,464 

(654)

(10,503)

(3,179)

Finance expense, net

29 

78

103 

37

Other income

(21)

(19)

(64)

(57)

Income (loss) before income taxes

1,456 

(713)

(10,542)

(3,159)

Income tax expense

795 

445

1,631 

754

Net income (loss) for the period

661 

(1,158)

(12,173)

(3,913)

Other comprehensive loss (income)

Item that may be reclassified subsequently to income:

Exchange loss (gain) on translation of foreign operations

4,691 

117

(575)

2,035

Comprehensive loss

(4,030)

(1,275)

(11,598)

(5,948)

(Loss) income per share – basic

0.02 

(0.04)

(0.37)

(0.14)

(Loss) income per share – diluted

0.02 

(0.04)

(0.37)

(0.14)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding – basic

32,834,833 

28,820,652

32,809,397 

28,632,806

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding – diluted

34,122,772 

28,820,652

32,809,397 

28,632,806

Key Statement of Financial Position Information

(In thousands of US dollars, except percentages)

September 30, 

2021

December 31,

2020

Change

Change

$

$

$

%

Cash and cash equivalents

215,507

219,658

(4,151)

(1.9)

%

Total assets

259,544

254,244

5,300

2.1

%

Total liabilities

68,542

53,938

14,604

27.1

%

Total long-term liabilities

8,406

8,211

195

2.4

%

Non-IFRS Measures and Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Measures

This press release makes reference to certain non-IFRS measures including key performance indicators used by management and typically used by our competitors in the software-as-a-service (“SaaS”) industry. These measures are not recognized measures under IFRS and do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are therefore not necessarily comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Rather, these measures are provided as additional information to complement those IFRS measures by providing further understanding of our results of operations from management’s perspective. Accordingly, these measures should not be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for analysis of our financial information reported under IFRS. These non-IFRS measures and SaaS metrics are used to provide investors with supplemental measures of our operating performance and liquidity and thus highlight trends in our business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on IFRS measures. We also believe that securities analysts, investors and other interested parties frequently use non-IFRS measures, including SaaS industry metrics, in the evaluation of companies in the SaaS industry. Management also uses non-IFRS measures and SaaS industry metrics in order to facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period, the preparation of annual operating budgets and forecasts and to determine components of executive compensation. The non-IFRS measures and SaaS industry metrics referred to in this press release include “Annual Recurring Revenue ”, “Adjusted EBITDA” and “Free Cash Flow”.

Key Performance Indicators

We recognize subscription revenues ratably over the term of the subscription period under the provisions of our agreements with customers. The terms of our agreements, combined with high customer retention rates, provides us with a significant degree of visibility into our near-term revenues. Management uses a number of metrics, including the ones identified below, to measure the Company’s performance and customer trends, which are used to prepare financial plans and shape future strategy. Our key performance indicators may be calculated in a manner different than similar key performance indicators used by other companies.

  • Annual Recurring Revenue: We define Annual Recurring Revenue as the annualized equivalent value of the subscription revenue of all existing contracts (including Original Equipment Manufacturer (“OEM”) contracts) as at the date being measured, excluding non-recurring implementation, support and maintenance fees. Our customers generally enter into one to three year contracts which are non-cancellable or cancellable with penalty. Accordingly, our calculation of Annual Recurring Revenue assumes that customers will renew the contractual commitments on a periodic basis as those commitments come up for renewal. Subscription agreements may be subject to price increases upon renewal reflecting both inflationary increases and the additional value provided by our solutions. In addition to the expected increase in subscription revenue from price increases over time, existing customers may subscribe for additional features, learners or services during the term. We believe that this measure provides a fair real-time measure of performance in a subscription-based environment. Annual Recurring Revenue provides us with visibility for consistent and predictable growth to our cash flows. Our strong total revenue growth coupled with increasing Annual Recurring Revenue indicates the continued strength in the expansion of our business and will continue to be our focus on a go-forward basis.

Annual Recurring Revenue was as follows as at September 30:

2021

2020

Change

Change %

Annual Recurring Revenue (in millions of US dollars)

103.5

64.6

38.9

60.2%

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) excluding taxes (if applicable), net finance (income) expense, depreciation and amortization, loss on disposal of assets (if applicable), share-based compensation, foreign exchange gains and losses, acquisition related compensation and transaction related expenses.

The following table reconciles Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss) for the periods indicated: 

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,

(In thousands of US dollars)

2021

2020

2021

2020

$

$

$

$

Net income (loss)

661 

(1,158)

(12,173)

(3,913)

Finance expense, net(1)

29 

78

103 

37

Depreciation and amortization(2)

501 

279

1,464 

771

Income tax expense

795 

445

1,631 

754

Share-based compensation(3)

745 

512

1,662 

1,317

Other income(4)

(21)

(19)

(64)

(57)

Foreign exchange (gain) loss(5)

(4,765)

440

375 

(1,607)

Acquisition related compensation(6)

102 

306 

Transaction related expenses(7)

— 

259 

Adjusted EBITDA

(1,953)

577

(6,437)

(2,698)

Notes:

  1. Finance expense for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 is primarily related to interest income earned on the net proceeds from the IPOs as the funds are held within short-term investments in highly liquid marketable securities which is offset by interest expenses incurred on the credit facility, lease obligations and contingent consideration.
  2. Depreciation and amortization expense is primarily related to depreciation expense on right-of-use assets (“ROU assets”), property and equipment and acquired intangible assets.
  3. These expenses represent non-cash expenditures recognized in connection with the issuance of share-based compensation to our employees and directors.
  4. Other income is primarily comprised of rental income from subleasing office space.
  5. These non-cash gains and losses relate to foreign exchange (gain) loss.
  6. These costs represent acquisition related retention incentives associated with the achievement of both yearly performance milestones and continued employment for one employee of the acquiree.
  7. These expenses relate to professional, legal, consulting, accounting and other fees relating to the Nasdaq IPO in December 2020 that would otherwise have not been incurred and are not considered an expense indicative of continuing operations.  

Free Cash Flow

Free Cash Flow is defined as cash (used in) from operating activities less additions to property and equipment and intangible assets. The following table reconciles our cash flow used in operating activities to Free Cash Flow:

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,

(In thousands of US dollars)

2021

2020

2021

2020

$

$

$

$

Cash flow (used in) from operating activities

(411)

455

(3,224)

(1,891)

Additions to property and equipment

(627)

(595)

(999)

(991)

Free Cash Flow

(1,038)

(140)

(4,223)

(2,882)

 

For further information:
Dennis Fong,
Investor Relations
(416) 283-9930
investors@docebo.com