MariaDB Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2023 Financial Results
Cloud-related subscription revenue up 90% year-over-year
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and DUBLIN – February 13, 2023 – MariaDB plc (NYSE: MRDB) today announced its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2023, which ended December 31, 2022.
“We continue to make progress at transforming our business to the cloud, demonstrated by 90% growth in cloud-related subscription revenue,” said Michael Howard, CEO at MariaDB plc. “This positions us well, as we bring substantial new capabilities to the next release of MariaDB SkySQL, a second generation cloud database, delivering unstoppable performance and scale for our customers. The immense value we deliver to our customers is further highlighted by a multi-year contract of up to $34 million closed our first quarter, the largest deal in the company’s history.”
First Quarter Fiscal 2023 Financial Highlights
- Revenue: Total revenue was $12.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2023, an increase of 20% year-over-year, which was consistent with our revenue growth rate over the last few years. Cloud-related subscription revenue grew 90% year-over-year, continuing the transformation of our on-premises business to the cloud.
- Annual recurring revenue (ARR): Total ARR as of December 31, 2022 was $52.0 million, an increase of 17% year-over-year, which was consistent with our ARR growth rate over the last few years.
- Gross profit: Gross profit was $9.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2023, representing a 73.7% gross margin compared to 72.8% in the year-ago period.
- Loss from operations: Loss from operations was $12.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2023, compared to a loss of $11.3 million in the year-ago period.
- Net loss: Net loss was $13.0 million, or $0.55 per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2023. This compares to a net loss of $12.2 million in the year-ago period.
First Quarter Fiscal 2023 Business Highlights
- MariaDB completed its merger with Angel Pond Holdings Corporation and listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “MRDB.”
- Signed the largest multi-year deal in the company’s history for up to $34 million with a leading financial services customer.
- Accelerated growth in our cloud business, including customer announcements with Certified Power Solutions, Hit Labs and SUPERCAT.
- Showcased the upcoming new release of our SkySQL cloud database service at AWS re:Invent.
- Appointed Hal Berenson, former VP and general manager of Amazon RDS, to MariaDB’s board of directors.
MariaDB is a new generation cloud database company whose products are used by companies big and small, reaching more than a billion users through Linux distributions and have been downloaded over one billion times. Deployed in minutes and maintained with ease, leveraging cloud automation, our database products are engineered to support any workload, any cloud and any scale – all while saving up to 90% of proprietary database costs. Trusted by organizations such as Bandwidth, DigiCert, InfoArmor, Oppenheimer, Samsung, SelectQuote and SpendHQ, MariaDB’s software is the backbone of critical services that people rely on every day. Learn more at mariadb.com.
Key Business Metrics
We review a number of operating and financial metrics, including Annual Recurring Revenue (“ARR”), to evaluate our business, measure our performance, identify trends affecting our business, formulate business plans and make strategic decisions.
We believe that our ARR is an important indicator of our financial performance and operating results given the renewable nature of our business. ARR does not have a standardized meaning and is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similarly titled metrics presented by other companies. We define ARR as the annualized revenue for our subscription customers, excluding revenue from nonrecurring contract services (e.g., time and material consulting services). For our annual subscription customers, we calculate ARR as the annualized value of their subscription contracts 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 we are negotiating a renewal). In the event that we are negotiating a renewal with a customer after the expiration of their subscription, we continue to include that revenue in ARR if we are actively in discussion with the customer for a new subscription or renewal, or until we are notified that the customer will not be renewing its subscription. Additionally, a subset of customers under the MariaDB SkySQL subscription service offering has monthly pay-as-you-go contract terms. We calculate ARR as their monthly recurring revenue as of the measurement date, multiplied by 12. We consider these annualized pay-as-you-go revenues relevant in the determination of ARR as it aligns with our strategic goal to convert the pay-as-you-go customers to annual subscription customers.
ARR should be viewed independently of revenue, and does not represent our revenue under U.S. GAAP on an annualized basis, as it is an operating metric that can be impacted by contract start and end dates and renewal dates. ARR is not intended to be a replacement for or forecast of revenue. Our calculation of ARR is not adjusted for the impact of any known or projected events that may cause any such contract not to be renewed on its existing terms. Consequently, our ARR may fluctuate within each quarter and from quarter to quarter.
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