C3 AI Announces Fiscal First Quarter 2023 Financial Results

Revenue growth of 25% year over year to $65.3 million

Company introduces transition to consumption-based pricing model to fuel growth

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–C3.ai, Inc. (“C3 AI,” “C3,” or the “Company”) (NYSE: AI), the Enterprise AI application software company, today announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended July 31, 2022.

This is the seventh consecutive quarter in which C3 AI has met or exceeded our revenue guidance.

“I’m pleased to announce that C3 AI is transitioning from a subscription model to a consumption-based pricing model, bringing us in line with what is becoming the standard among enterprise SaaS companies,” said CEO Thomas M. Siebel. “We have implemented a new pricing model, a new sales model, a new partner model, and new applications to accelerate sales cycles, accelerate product adoption, increase market share, and increase revenue growth and profitability in the medium and long-term.”

Mr. Siebel added, “The economic downturn is real. Our customers are scrutinizing big deals as never before, which also makes this a smart time to launch consumption pricing. With 80% non-GAAP gross margins, and more than $930 million in cash reserves, we are well positioned to weather market headwinds. Moreover, we are accelerating our planned path to profitability, aiming to be non-GAAP profitable during FY 2024.”

C3 AI announces

  • Consumption-Based Pricing: C3 AI is now charging new customers based on vCPU/hour, similar to pricing at Snowflake, Google Cloud, AWS, and Microsoft Azure. The customer entry is now a six-month, pilot subscription, offering one AI Enterprise application, unlimited use of the C3 AI Platform, unlimited developer licensing, unlimited runtime licensing, and a concierge technical support and training program.
  • Partner Model: The consumption model aligns well with C3 AI partners Baker Hughes, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, AWS, and fits perfectly with the hyperscaler marketplaces and their consumption-based pricing models.
  • Focus on Sales Force: C3 AI has fundamentally reshaped its sales force over the past few quarters, bringing on professionals with deep domain and technical expertise.
  • Product Model: The release of Version 8 of the C3 AI Platform – a four-year, 1,000-person effort – provided the capabilities prerequisite to the company’s transition to a consumption-based pricing model.

Fiscal First Quarter 2023 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue: Total revenue for the quarter was $65.3 million, an increase of 25% compared to $52.4 million one year ago.
  • Subscription Revenue: Subscription revenue for the quarter was $57.0 million, an increase of 24% compared to $46.1 million one year ago.
  • Gross Profit: GAAP gross profit for the quarter was $46.9 million, representing a 72% gross margin, compared to GAAP gross profit of $39.4 million one year ago. Non-GAAP gross profit for the quarter was $52.6 million, representing an 81% non-GAAP gross margin, compared to non-GAAP gross profit of $40.9 million one year ago.
  • Remaining Performance Obligations (“RPO”): GAAP RPO increased by 58% to $458.2 million, up from $290.6 million one year ago. Significantly, our GAAP RPO now represents 175% of Q1 annualized revenue. Non-GAAP RPO increased by 39% to $496.8 million, from $357.3 million one year ago.
  • Net Loss per Share: GAAP net loss per share was $(0.67), compared to $(0.37) one year ago. Non-GAAP net loss per share was $(0.12), compared to $(0.22) one year ago.

C3 AI First Quarter Customer Success

  • Shell and C3 AI continue to expand the deployment of C3 AI applications to deliver cleaner, safer, more reliable energy with less environmental impact. With Shell, C3 AI integrates over 1.2 million data streams each day and monitors over 13,000 pieces of equipment.
  • The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (“MDA”) submitted its third order in C3 AI’s five-year, $500 million Production-Other Transaction Agreement that C3 AI was awarded in December 2021. The agreement makes it easy for all Department of Defense agencies to purchase C3 AI products and services.
  • C3 AI continues to scale its efforts with the USAF Rapid Sustainment Office (“RSO”) to improve aircraft readiness, with 14 aircraft platforms now live on C3 AI software including the F15, F16, F18, F35 Joint Strike Fighter, C5 Galaxy, KC-135, Blackhawk Helicopter, and others.
  • Raytheon Technologies selected C3 AI to deliver next-generation AI and machine learning (“ML”) capabilities for a ready-now solution for the U.S. Army’s Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (“TITAN”) program.
  • A top five global pharmaceutical manufacturer licensed the C3 AI Application Platform and C3 AI Reliability application. The solution will provide predictive maintenance capabilities for equipment at the company’s largest pharmaceutical production plant, including bioreactors, centrifuges, and other critical asset classes.

Partner Model Success

  • Google Cloud and C3 AI expanded their partnership, increasing Google Cloud’s commitment for co-selling and funding customer pilot programs over the next three years. C3 AI is also expanding its efforts with Google Cloud to ensure customer success.
  • C3 AI’s joint selling activity with Microsoft was brisk in Q1, with over 16 joint selling agreements.
  • C3 AI and AWS are increasing their joint-selling activity, which C3 AI expects to contribute to growth in FY 2023 and beyond. AWS remains C3 AI’s largest installed base.
  • C3 AI’s strategic partnership with Baker Hughes remains strong. In Q1, C3 AI and Baker Hughes signed one of the largest petrochemical companies in Latin America to license the C3 AI Reliability application.

New C3 AI Applications

  • Since going public in December 2020, C3 AI has released five new applications. You can view demo videos about each here on the C3 AI corporate site.
    • C3 AI CRM, which lets customers make their existing CRM investments instantly predictive.
    • C3 AI ESG, which enables customers to integrate data from all their ERP, supplier, customer, and manufacturing systems, plus relevant exogenous market, emissions, and commodity data.
    • C3 AI Property Appraisal, which gives real estate appraisers real-time integration of all data sources and the application logic necessary to rapidly complete property appraisals.
    • C3 AI Law Enforcement, which provides law enforcement the ability to apply the power of AI to investigate crimes.
    • C3 AI Ex Machina, a point and click, drag and drop analytics tool that enables business analysts to apply sophisticated AI/ML techniques and predictive analytics to large datasets.

C3 AI Industry Leadership

  • Industry Recognition: Forrester Research named C3 AI a Leader in The 2022 Forrester WaveTM: AI/M Platforms, Q3 2022. This is a first-of-its-kind comprehensive analysis of enterprise AI and machine learning platforms, highlighting the importance of comprehensive AI/ML platforms to realize business value. Of the 15 vendors in the report, C3 AI received the top ranking in the Strategy category and the highest scores possible nine other criteria. Forrester concludes that C3 AI “…could become the de facto AI platform standard for the world’s most complex industries.”
  • Google Cloud Partner Award: C3 AI was awarded the Google Cloud Technology Partner of the Year in the artificial intelligence and machine learning category for 2021. C3 AI was recognized for achievements in the Google Cloud ecosystem.

Financial Outlook:

The Company’s guidance includes GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures.

The following table summarizes C3 AI’s guidance for the second quarter of fiscal 2023 and full-year fiscal 2023:

(in millions)

Second Quarter Fiscal 2023

Guidance

 

Full Year Fiscal 2023

Guidance

Total revenue

$60.0 – $62.0

 

$255.0 – $270.0

Non-GAAP loss from operations

($15.0) – ($20.0)

 

($90.0) – ($98.0)

A reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to corresponding GAAP measures is not available on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable effort due to the uncertainty regarding, and the potential variability of, expenses that may be incurred in the future. Stock-based compensation expense-related charges, including employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions, are impacted by the timing of employee stock transactions, the future fair market value of our common stock, and our future hiring and retention needs, all of which are difficult to predict and subject to constant change. We have provided a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures in the financial statement tables for our historical non-GAAP results included in this press release. Our fiscal year ends April 30, and numbers are rounded for presentation purposes.

Conference Call Details

What:

C3 AI First Quarter Fiscal 2023 Financial Results Conference Call

When:

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Time:

2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET

Participant Registration:

https://register.vevent.com/register/BI90c109ed52634acf9dae19914e915bf1 (live call)

Webcast:

https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/68vzasfo (live and replay)

Investor Presentation Details

An investor presentation providing additional information and analysis can be found at our investor relations page at ir.c3.ai.

Statement Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company reports the following non-GAAP financial measures, which have not been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP), in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

  • Non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP loss from operations, and non-GAAP net loss per share. Our non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP loss from operations, and non-GAAP net loss per share exclude the effect of stock-based compensation expense-related charges and employer payroll tax expense related to employee stock-based compensation. We believe the presentation of operating results that exclude these non-cash items provides useful supplemental information to investors and facilitates the analysis of our operating results and comparison of operating results across reporting periods.
  • Non-GAAP RPO: Non-GAAP RPO represents our GAAP RPO plus the associated cancellable contracted backlog. We believe the presentation of our RPO inclusive of the cancellable backlog provides useful supplemental information to investors about our aggregate contractual backlog and facilitates the analysis of our operating results and comparison of operating results across reporting periods.

We use these non-GAAP financial measures internally for financial and operational decision-making purposes and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. Non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP financial measures and should be read only in conjunction with our condensed consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Our presentation of non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies. We encourage investors to carefully consider our results under GAAP, as well as our supplemental non-GAAP information and the reconciliation between these presentations, to more fully understand our business. Please see the tables included at the end of this release for the reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures.

Use of Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements contained in this press release other than statements of historical facts, including our market leadership position, anticipated benefits from our partnerships and investments, financial outlook, our business strategies, plans, and objectives for future operations, are forward-looking statements. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “will” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, business strategy, short-term and long-term business operations and objectives, and financial needs. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Some of these risks are described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2022, and other filings and reports we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that will be filed for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2022, although new and unanticipated risks may arise. The future events and trends discussed in this press release may not occur and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance, achievements, or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will occur. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake to update any of these forward-looking statements after the date of this press release to conform these statements to actual results or revised expectations.

About C3 AI

C3 AI is the Enterprise AI application software company. C3 AI delivers a family of fully integrated products including the C3 AI Application Platform, an end-to-end platform for developing, deploying, and operating enterprise AI applications and C3 AI Applications, a portfolio of industry-specific SaaS enterprise AI applications that enable the digital transformation of organizations globally. Learn more at: www.c3.ai.

C3.AI, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended July 31,

 

2022

 

2021

Revenue

 

 

 

Subscription(1)

$

57,026

 

 

$

46,122

 

Professional services(2)

 

8,282

 

 

 

6,284

 

Total revenue

 

65,308

 

 

 

52,406

 

Cost of revenue

 

 

 

Subscription(3)

 

14,092

 

 

 

9,213

 

Professional services

 

4,314

 

 

 

3,812

 

Total cost of revenue

 

18,406

 

 

 

13,025

 

Gross profit

 

46,902

 

 

 

39,381

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

Sales and marketing(4)

 

42,987

 

 

 

36,822

 

Research and development

 

55,877

 

 

 

26,712

 

General and administrative

 

21,247

 

 

 

12,364

 

Total operating expenses

 

120,111

 

 

 

75,898

 

Loss from operations

 

(73,209

)

 

 

(36,517

)

Interest income

 

2,538

 

 

 

345

 

Other (expense) income, net

 

(1,021

)

 

 

(899

)

Net loss before provision for income taxes

 

(71,692

)

 

 

(37,071

)

Provision for income taxes

 

179

 

 

 

388

 

Net loss

$

(71,871

)

 

$

(37,459

)

Net loss per share attributable to Class A and Class B common shareholders, basic and diluted

$

(0.67

)

 

$

(0.37

)

Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to Class A and Class B common stockholders, basic and diluted

 

106,842

 

 

 

102,155

 

(1)

 

Including related party revenue of $16,330 and $10,208 for the three months ended July 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively.

(2)

 

Including related party revenue of $129 and $2,074 for the three months ended July 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively.

(3)

 

Including related party cost of revenue of nil and $117 for the three months ended July 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively.

(4)

 

Including related party sales and marketing expense of $3,500 and $61 for the three months ended July 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively.

C3.AI, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except for share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

July 31, 2022

 

April 30, 2022

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

221,883

 

 

$

339,528

 

Short-term investments

 

685,397

 

 

 

620,633

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $57 and $157 as of July 31, 2022 and April 30, 2022, respectively(1)

 

81,298

 

 

 

80,271

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets(2)

 

18,056

 

 

 

20,004

 

Total current assets

 

1,006,634

 

 

 

1,060,436

 

Property and equipment, net

 

38,928

 

 

 

14,517

 

Goodwill

 

625

 

 

 

625

 

Long-term investments

 

30,885

 

 

 

32,086

 

Other assets, non-current(3)

 

60,097

 

 

 

63,218

 

Total assets

$

1,137,169

 

 

$

1,170,882

 

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts payable(4)

$

40,748

 

 

$

54,218

 

Accrued compensation and employee benefits

 

29,208

 

 

 

32,223

 

Deferred revenue, current(5)

 

43,644

 

 

 

48,854

 

Accrued and other current liabilities(6)

 

17,651

 

 

 

14,874

 

Total current liabilities

 

131,251

 

 

 

150,169

 

Deferred revenue, non-current

 

21

 

 

 

288

 

Other long-term liabilities(7)

 

26,919

 

 

 

30,948

 

Total liabilities

 

158,191

 

 

 

181,405

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

Class A common stock, $0.001 par value. 1,000,000,000 shares authorized as of July 31, 2022 and April 30, 2022; 104,843,908 and 102,725,041 shares issued and outstanding as of July 31, 2022 and April 30, 2022, respectively

 

105

 

 

 

103

 

Class B common stock, $0.001 par value; 3,500,000 shares authorized as of July 31, 2022 and April 30, 2022; 3,499,992 and 3,499,992 shares issued and outstanding as of July 31, 2022 and April 30, 2022, respectively

 

3

 

 

 

3

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

1,594,487

 

 

 

1,532,917

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(2,348

)

 

 

(2,148

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(613,269

)

 

 

(541,398

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

978,978

 

 

 

989,477

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

1,137,169

 

 

$

1,170,882

 

(1)

 

Including amounts from a related party of $33,608 and $35,848 as of July 31, 2022 and April 30, 2022, respectively.

(2)

 

Including amounts from a related party of $4,862 and $4,862 as of July 31, 2022 and April 30, 2022, respectively.

(3)

 

Including amounts from a related party of $14,925 and $16,141 as of July 31, 2022 and April 30, 2022, respectively.

(4)

 

Including amounts from a related party of $4,688 and $18,549 as of July 31, 2022 and April 30, 2022, respectively.

(5)

 

Including amounts from a related party of $81 and $132 as of July 31, 2022 and April 30, 2022, respectively.

(6)

 

Including amounts from a related party of $2,422 and $2,510 as of July 31, 2022 and April 30, 2022, respectively.

(7)

 

Including amounts from a related party of nil and $2,448 as of July 31, 2022 and April 30, 2022, respectively.

C3.AI, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended July 31,

 

2022

 

2021

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

Net loss

$

(71,871

)

 

$

(37,459

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

1,461

 

 

 

1,141

 

Non-cash operating lease cost

 

1,862

 

 

 

857

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

56,630

 

 

 

13,912

 

Other

 

78

 

 

 

(875

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts receivable(1)

 

(927

)

 

 

10,383

 

Prepaid expenses, other current assets and other assets(2)

 

2,910

 

 

 

2,097

 

Accounts payable(3)

 

(21,318

)

 

 

(2,067

)

Accrued compensation and employee benefits

 

491

 

 

 

(7,072

)

Operating lease liabilities

 

(991

)

 

 

(932

)

Other liabilities(4)

 

(1,106

)

 

 

(3,633

)

Deferred revenue(5)

 

(5,477

)

 

 

24,670

 

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

 

(38,258

)

 

 

1,022

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(15,536

)

 

 

(511

)

Capitalized software development costs

 

(1,000

)

 

 

(500

)

Purchases of investments

 

(226,367

)

 

 

(95,948

)

Maturities and sales of investments

 

162,429

 

 

 

248,986

 

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

 

(80,474

)

 

 

152,027

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

Payment of deferred offering costs

 

 

 

 

(71

)

Proceeds from exercise of Class A common stock options

 

1,087

 

 

 

5,046

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

1,087

 

 

 

4,975

 

Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

(117,645

)

 

 

158,024

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

 

352,519

 

 

 

116,255

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

234,874

 

 

$

274,279

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

221,883

 

 

$

273,779

 

Restricted cash included in other assets

 

12,566

 

 

 

500

 

Restricted cash included in prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

425

 

 

 

 

Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

$

234,874

 

 

$

274,279

 

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information—cash paid for income taxes

$

66

 

 

$

235

 

Supplemental disclosures of non-cash investing and financing activities:

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

19,326

 

 

$

326

 

Unpaid liabilities related to intangible purchases

$

1,500

 

 

$

2,500

 

Deferred offering costs included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

 

 

$

34

 

Vesting of early exercised stock options

$

333

 

 

$

1,059

 

(1)

 

Including changes in related party balances of $(2,240) and $(13,921) for the three months ended July 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively.

(2)

 

Including changes in related party balances of $(1,216) and $(415) for the three months ended July 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively.

(3)

 

Including changes in related party balances of $(13,861) and $56 for the three months ended July 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively.

(4)

 

Including changes in related party balances of $(2,536) and $(3,309) for the three months ended July 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively.

(5)

 

Including changes in related party balances of $(51) and $16,940 for the three months ended July 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively.

C3.AI, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(In thousands, except percentages and per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended July 31,

 

2022

 

2021

Reconciliation of GAAP gross profit to non-GAAP gross profit:

 

 

 

Gross profit on a GAAP basis

$

46,902

 

 

$

39,381

 

Stock-based compensation expense (1)

 

5,343

 

 

 

1,423

 

Employer payroll tax expense related to employee stock-based compensation (2)

 

386

 

 

 

65

 

Gross profit on a non-GAAP basis

$

52,631

 

 

$

40,869

 

 

 

 

 

Gross margin on a GAAP basis

 

72

%

 

 

75

%

Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis

 

81

%

 

 

78

%

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation of GAAP loss from operations to non-GAAP loss from operations:

 

 

 

Loss from operations on a GAAP basis

$

(73,209

)

 

$

(36,517

)

Stock-based compensation expense (1)

 

56,630

 

 

 

13,912

 

Employer payroll tax expense related to employee stock-based compensation (2)

 

2,042

 

 

 

855

 

Loss from operations on a non-GAAP basis

$

(14,537

)

 

$

(21,750

)

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation of GAAP net loss per share to non-GAAP net loss per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss on a GAAP basis

$

(71,871

)

 

$

(37,459

)

Stock-based compensation expense (1)

 

56,630

 

 

 

13,912

 

Employer payroll tax expense related to employee stock-based compensation (2)

 

2,042

 

 

 

855

 

Net loss on a non-GAAP basis

$

(13,199

)

 

$

(22,692

)

 

 

 

 

GAAP net loss per share attributable common shareholders, basic and diluted

$

(0.67

)

 

$

(0.37

)

Non-GAAP net loss per share attributable common shareholders, basic and diluted

$

(0.12

)

 

$

(0.22

)

Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted

 

106,842

 

 

 

102,155

 

(1)

 

Beginning in fiscal year 2023, the Company records stock-based compensation associated with the Company’s annual bonus program that will be settled by shares of restricted Class A common stock. Stock-based compensation expense for gross profits and gross margin includes costs of subscription and cost of professional services as follows. Stock-based compensation expense for loss from operations includes total stock-based compensation expense as follows:

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