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Blackbaud Announces 2017 First Quarter Results

 First Quarter GAAP Revenue Growth of 8.5%; Non-GAAP Organic Revenue Growth of 7.4%;
Reaffirms 2017 Full Year Financial Guidance

Charleston, S.C. (May 1, 2017) – Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

“The market remains strong, the pace of innovation we’re delivering is unmatched in our industry and we’re seeing very positive traction with our next generation cloud solutions, which are powering impressive results for our customers,” said Mike Gianoni, Blackbaud’s president and CEO. “Solid growth in subscriptions revenue continues to fuel recurring revenue growth, adding stability and predictability to our already strong business. Our non-GAAP organic subscriptions revenue grew 20 percent this quarter, and represented 64 percent of total revenue. And, our non-GAAP organic recurring revenue grew 12 percent, representing 83 percent of total revenue, a new all-time high for Blackbaud.”

First Quarter 2017 Results Compared to First Quarter 2016 Results:

  • Total GAAP revenue was $183.6 million, up 8.5%, with $152.0 million in GAAP recurring revenue, representing 82.8% of total revenue, and $118.2 million in subscription revenue, representing 64.4% of total revenue.
  • Total non-GAAP revenue was $183.6 million, up 7.4%, with $152.0 million in non-GAAP recurring revenue, representing 82.8% of total non-GAAP revenue, and $118.2 million in subscription revenue, representing 64.4% of total revenue.
  • Non-GAAP organic revenue increased 7.4%, non-GAAP organic recurring revenue increased 11.9%, and non-GAAP organic subscription revenue increased 19.9%.
  • GAAP income from operations decreased 0.3% to $10.6 million, with GAAP operating margin decreasing 50 basis points to 5.8%.
  • Non-GAAP income from operations increased 7.6% to $34.0 million, with non-GAAP operating margin of 18.5% equal to prior year.
  • GAAP net income increased 84.6% to $11.5 million, with GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.24, up $0.11.
  • Non-GAAP net income increased 10.8% to $21.7 million, with non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.46, up $0.04.
  • Non-GAAP free cash flow was $3.5 million, an increase of $10.3 million.

“We had a very solid start to the year,” said Tony Boor, Blackbaud’s executive vice president and CFO. “Execution against our strategic plan allowed us to post solid results for the quarter, and positions us well to achieve our full year financial guidance and long term aspirational goals”

An explanation of all non-GAAP financial measures referenced in this press release, including Blackbaud’s definition of free cash flow, 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 second quarter 2017 dividend of $0.12 per share payable on June 15, 2017 to stockholders of record on May 26, 2017.

Financial Outlook
Blackbaud today reaffirmed its 2017 full year financial guidance.

  • Non-GAAP revenue of $775 million to $795 million
  • Non-GAAP income from operations of $155 million to $163 million
  • Non-GAAP operating margin of 20.0% to 20.5%
  • Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $2.06 to $2.18
  • Non-GAAP free cash flow of $120 million to $130 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. 

Conference Call Details

What:           Blackbaud’s 2017 First Quarter Conference Call

When:          May 2, 2017

Time:           8:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)

Live Call:    800-967-7149 (domestic) or 719-386-0002 (international); passcode 732627.

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, corporations, education institutions, and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

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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: expectations that our revenue and operating cash flow will continue to grow and that our operating margins will continue to improve, and expectations that we will achieve our projected 2017 full year financial guidance and long-term aspirational goals. 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 discusses non-GAAP organic revenue growth, non-GAAP organic revenue growth on a constant currency basis, non-GAAP subscriptions revenue growth and non-GAAP organic recurring revenue growth, which it believes provides useful information for evaluating the periodic growth of its business on a consistent basis. Each of these measures of non-GAAP organic revenue growth 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 non-GAAP organic revenue growth 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 non-GAAP organic revenue growth 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 the 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.