EXTON, Pa. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY) (“Bentley Systems” or the “Company”), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced operating results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2022, and its financial outlook for 2023.
Fourth Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Total revenues were $286.9 million, up 7.2% or 12.7% on a constant currency basis, year-over-year;
Subscriptions revenues were $251.5 million, up 12.7% or 18.3% on a constant currency basis, year-overyear;
Annualized Recurring Revenues (“ARR”) was $1,036.5 million as of December 31, 2022, representing a constant currency ARR growth rate of 15% from December 31, 2021, or 12.5% ARR growth from business performance, excluding acquired ARR from our 22Q1 platform acquisition of Power Line Systems;
Last twelve-month recurring revenues dollar-based net retention rate was 110%, consistent with the preceding quarter;
Operating income was $40.8 million, compared to $43.3 million for the same period last year;
Adjusted operating income was $88.1 million, compared to $83.3 million for the same period last year;
Net income was $25.7 million, compared to $38.6 million for the same period last year. Net income per diluted share was $0.08, compared to $0.12 for the same period last year; Net income margin was 9.0%, compared to 14.4% for the same period last year;
Adjusted net income was $59.7 million, compared to $72.2 million for the same period last year. Adjusted net income per diluted share (“Adjusted EPS”) was $0.19 compared to $0.22 for the same period last year;
Adjusted EBITDA was $92.6 million, compared to $88.2 million for the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 32.3%, compared to 32.9% for the same period last year; and
Cash flow from operations was $36.1 million, compared to $80.6 million for the same period last year, with the decrease mainly due to the timing of renewals and associated billings of certain annual contracts, and the timing of certain vendor payments
Full Year 2022 Financial Results
Total revenues were $1,099.1 million, up 13.9% or 19.8% on a constant currency basis over 2021;
Subscriptions revenues were $960.2 million, up 18.1% or 24.3% on a constant currency basis over 2021;
Operating income was $208.6 million, compared to $94.6 million for 2021. Operating income for 2021 includes a one-time compensation charge of $90.7 million resulting from a modification of our deferred compensation plan;
Adjusted operating income was $348.5 million, compared to $306.2 million for 2021;
Adjusted operating income inclusive of stock-based compensation (“Adjusted OI w/SBC”) was $273.9 million, compared to $258.0 million for 2021;
Net income was $174.8 million, compared to $93.2 million for 2021. Net income per diluted share was $0.55, compared to $0.30 for 2021. Net income for 2021 includes a one-time compensation charge of $83.4 million, net of tax, resulting from a modification of our deferred compensation plan. Net income margin was 15.9%, compared to 9.7% for 2021;
Adjusted net income was $274.5 million, compared to $267.9 million for 2021. Adjusted EPS was $0.85 compared to $0.83 for 2021;
Adjusted EBITDA was $366.4 million, compared to $324.9 million for 2021. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 33.3%, compared to 33.7% for 2021; and
Cash flow from operations was $274.3 million, compared to $288.0 million for 2021, with the decreaseprimarily due to the timing of renewals and associated billings of certain annual contracts, and increased interest payments.
Definitions of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release and reconciliations of such measures to the most comparable GAAP financial measures are included below under the heading “Use and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
CEO Greg Bentley said, “The fourth quarter and thus full-year 2022 operating results quite successfully met the expectations we maintained throughout the year, notwithstanding the loss of Russia and pandemic-compounded headwinds in China. Our operating team colleagues, led by COO Nicholas Cumins, delivered what I consider our best year ever, operationally and financially. Our E365 and SMB growth initiatives hit a new stride, our Seequent and Power Line Systems platform acquisitions continued their breakout new business velocity, and every region throughout the world, other than China, continues to perform and grow at full pace. The stage is set for relatively favorable visibility into comparable growth during 2023, as our accounts and prospects are necessarily prioritizing going digital in order to meet accelerated demand for infrastructure engineering.
Our 2023 annual financial outlook must nonetheless factor in a cautious approach to China, where we are appropriately adapting to improve our long-term prospects under the assumption of continued geopolitical challenges. Our enduring annual commitment to margin improvement is now expressed in terms of Adjusted operating income inclusive of stock-based compensation (rather than Adjusted EBITDA) to align our external reporting with executive incentives that incorporate accountability for the full economic costs of equity awards and of operating capex. We are also announcing further generational management succession, as we round out our expected wave of post-IPO executive retirements with, characteristically, ‘no drama.’”
CFO Werner Andre said, “In Q4, as throughout 2022, sustained favorable operating momentum enabled us to achieve our strong results despite the year’s challenges in Russia and China. Our Q4 decrease in cash flow from operations stemmed largely from timing and has been fully offset by resulting extraordinary collections in early 2023. Our 2023 financial outlook reflects our confidence in continued strong market demand for infrastructure engineering going digital—led by our E365 program, SMB initiatives, and enduring strength of our platform acquisitions— subject to wider uncertainty surrounding potential outcomes in China. Our balanced capital allocation provides sufficiently for programmatic acquisitions and for equity and debt repurchase programs, as well as our 2023 increase to our modest dividend payout.”
Recent Financial Developments
- On November 30, 2022, we completed the acquisition of Vetasi, a leading international consultancy specializing in enterprise asset management (EAM) solutions, with a strong focus on IBM Maximo;
- On February 23, 2023, we announced we completed the acquisition of EasyPower, a developer of design and analysis software for power systems engineering and an established market leader in arc-flash hazard resilience;
- For the year ended December 31, 2022, to offset dilution from stock-based compensation, we spent approximately $43.6 million on de-facto share repurchases associated mainly with deferred compensation plan distributions, and under the BSY Stock Repurchase Program which we announced in the second quarter of 2022 we repurchased 896,126 shares for $28.3 million, and $2.2 million aggregate principal amount of our outstanding convertible senior notes due 2026 for $2.0 million; and
- On January 25, 2023, we announced our board of directors increased our regular quarterly dividend from $0.03 per share to $0.05 per share effective from the first quarter of 2023.
2023 Financial Outlook
The Company is sharing the following financial outlook for the full year 2023:
- Total revenues in the range of $1,205 million to $1,235 million, representing growth of approximately 9.5% to 12.5% (10.5% to 13.5% in constant currency);
- Constant currency ARR growth rate (business performance)(1) of 11.5% to 13.5%;
- Adjusted OI w/SBC margin of approximately 26%;
- Effective tax rate of approximately 20%;
- Cash flow from operations representing a conversion rate from Adjusted EBITDA of approximately 80%; and
- Capital expenditures of approximately $30 million, which includes certain IT investments.
(1) Business performance excludes ARR acquired from platform acquisitions, but includes ARR acquired from programmatic acquisitions, which generally are immaterial, individually and in the aggregate.
The 2023 outlook information provided above includes non-GAAP financial measures management uses in measuring performance and liquidity. The Company is unable to reconcile these forward-looking non-GAAP measures to GAAP without unreasonable efforts because it is not possible to predict with a reasonable degree of certainty the actual impact of certain items and unanticipated events, including stock-based compensation charges, depreciation and amortization of acquired intangible assets, realignment expenses, and other items, which would be included in GAAP results. The impact of such items and unanticipated events could be potentially significant.
The 2023 outlook is forward-looking, subject to significant business, economic, regulatory, and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company and its management, and based upon assumptions with respect to future decisions, which are subject to change. Actual results may vary and those variations may be material. As such, our results may not fall within the ranges contained in this outlook. The Company uses these forward-looking measures to evaluate its ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes.
Operating Results Call Details
Bentley Systems will host a live Zoom video webinar on February 28, 2023 at 8:15 a.m. EST to discuss operating results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2022.
Those wishing to participate should access the live Zoom video webinar of the event through a direct registration link at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KICwUBUARgy6AyL7WgEOMw. Alternatively, the event can be accessed from the Events & Presentations page on Bentley Systems’ Investor Relations website at https://investors.bentley.com. In addition, a replay and transcript will be available after the conclusion of the live event on Bentley Systems’ Investor Relations website for one year.
Definitions of Certain Key Business Metrics
Definitions of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this operating results press release and reconciliations of such measures to their nearest GAAP equivalents are included below under “Use and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP
Financial Measures.” Certain non-GAAP measures included in our financial outlook are not being reconciled to the comparable GAAP financial measures because the GAAP measures are not accessible on a forward-looking basis.
The Company is unable to reconcile these forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures without unreasonable efforts because the Company is currently unable to predict with a
reasonable degree of certainty the type and extent of certain items that would be expected for these periods not to impact the non-GAAP measures, but would impact GAAP measures. Such unavailable information, which could
have a significant impact on the Company’s GAAP financial results, may include stock-based compensation charges, depreciation and amortization of acquired intangible assets, realignment expenses, and other items.
- Recurring revenues are subscriptions revenues that recur monthly, quarterly, or annually with specific or automatic renewal clauses and professional services revenues in which the underlying contract is based on a fixed fee and contains automatic annual renewal provisions;
- ARR is defined as the sum of the annualized value of our portfolio of contracts that produce recurring revenues as of the last day of the reporting period, and the annualized value of the last three months of
recognized revenues for our contractually recurring consumption-based software subscriptions with consumption measurement durations of less than one year, calculated using the spot foreign exchange rates;
- Business performance excludes the ARR onboarding of our platform acquisitions and includes the impact from the ARR onboarding of programmatic acquisitions, which generally are immaterial, individually and in the aggregate;
- Adjusted OI w/SBC margin is calculated by dividing Adjusted OI w/SBC by total revenues;
- Net income margin is calculated by dividing net income by total revenues;
- Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated by dividing Adjusted EBITDA by total revenues.
Constant Currency Metrics
In reporting period-over-period results, we calculate the effects of foreign currency fluctuations and constant currency information by translating current period results using prior period average foreign currency exchange rates. Our definition of constant currency may differ from other companies reporting similarly named measures, and these constant currency performance measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as a substitute for, our operating performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.
- Our last twelve-month recurring revenues dollar-based net retention rate is calculated, using the average exchange rates for the prior period, as follows: the recurring revenues for the current period, including any growth or reductions from accounts with recurring revenues in the prior period (“existing accounts”), but excluding recurring revenues from any new accounts added during the current period, divided by the total
recurring revenues from all accounts during the prior period. A period is defined as any trailing twelve months. Related to our platform acquisitions, recurring revenues into new accounts will be captured as existing accounts starting with the second anniversary of the acquisition when such data conforms to the calculation methodology. This may cause variability in the comparison; and
- Our constant currency ARR growth rate is the growth rate of ARR for our business performance, measured on a constant currency basis.
Use and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to our results determined in accordance with GAAP, we have calculated Adjusted OI w/SBC, Adjusted operating income, Adjusted net income, Adjusted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA, each of which are non-GAAP financial measures. In future periods, we will discuss Adjusted OI w/SBC rather than Adjusted EBITDA as our performance measure, as management believes Adjusted OI w/SBC better captures the significant economic costs of stock-based compensation and of operating depreciation and amortization. In future periods, we will discuss Adjusted EBITDA as our liquidity measure in the context of conversion of Adjusted EBITDA to cash flow from operations (i.e., the ratio of GAAP cash flow from operations to Adjusted EBITDA). We have provided tabular reconciliations of each of these non-GAAP financial measures to such measure’s most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.
Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to understand and compare operating results across accounting periods, for internal budgeting and forecasting purposes, and to evaluate financial performance. Our non-GAAP financial measures are presented as supplemental disclosure as we believe they provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our results and prospects period-over-period without the impact of certain items that do not directly correlate to our operating performance and that may vary significantly from period to period for reasons unrelated to our operating performance, as well as to compare our financial results to those of other companies.
Our definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from similarly titled measures presented by other companies and therefore comparability may be limited. In addition, other companies may not publish these or similar metrics. Thus, our non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, or in isolation from, the financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP, and should be read in conjunction with the financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K to be filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
We calculate these non-GAAP financial measures as follows:
- Adjusted operating income is defined as operating income adjusted for the following: amortization of purchased intangibles, expense (income) relating to deferred compensation plan liabilities, acquisition expenses, realignment expenses (income), and stock-based compensation, for the respective periods;
- Adjusted OI w/SBC is defined as operating income adjusted for the following: amortization of purchased intangibles, expense (income) relating to deferred compensation plan liabilities, acquisition expenses, and realignment expenses (income), for the respective periods;
- Adjusted net income is defined as net income adjusted for the following: amortization of purchased intangibles, stock-based compensation, expense (income) relating to deferred compensation plan liabilities, acquisition expenses, realignment expenses (income), other non-operating (income) expense, net, the tax effect of the above adjustments to net income, and (income) loss from investments accounted for using the equity method, net of tax, for the respective periods. The income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments was determined using the applicable rates in the taxing jurisdictions in which income or expense occurred, and represent both current and deferred income tax expense or benefit based on the nature of the non-GAAP adjustments, including the tax effects of non-cash stock-based compensation expense;
- Adjusted EPS is calculated as Adjusted net income, less net income attributable to participating securities, plus interest expense, net of tax, attributable to the convertible senior notes using the if-converted method,
if applicable, (numerator) divided by Adjusted weighted average shares, diluted (denominator). Adjusted weighted average shares, diluted is calculated by adding incremental shares related to the dilutive effect of convertible senior notes using the if-converted method, if applicable, to weighted average shares, diluted; and
- Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income adjusted for the following: interest expense, net, provision (benefit) for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, expense (income) relating to deferred compensation plan liabilities, acquisition expenses, realignment expenses (income), other non-operating (income) expense, net, and (income) loss from investments accounted for using the equity method, net of tax.
During the second quarter of 2022, we modified our definitions of Adjusted net income, Adjusted operating income, and Adjusted EBITDA to adjust for realignment expenses (income) relating to our wind down of business in, and exit from, the Russian market, which were subsequently adjusted during the third and fourth quarters of 2022 for our change in estimates. These realignment expenses (income) are comprised of termination benefits for colleagues whose positions were eliminated and corresponding asset impairments. Amounts for all periods herein reflect application of the aforementioned definitions modification.
For the three months and year ended December 31, 2022, payments related to the Company’s interest rate swap were recognized in Other income (expense), net in the consolidated statements of operations and the corresponding prior period amounts, which were previously recognized in Interest expense, net, were reclassified to conform to the current presentation. For the three months and year ended December 31, 2021, the amounts reclassified were not material, and Income before income taxes and Net income in the consolidated statements of operations did not change as a result of these reclassifications.
This press release includes forward-looking statements regarding the future results of operations and financial position, business strategy, and plans and objectives for future operations of Bentley Systems, Incorporated (the “Company,” “we,” “us,” and words of similar import). All such statements contained in this press release, other than statements of historical facts, are forward-looking statements. The words “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations, projections, and assumptions about future events and financial 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, uncertainties and assumptions, and there are a significant number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from statements made in this press release including: adverse changes in global economic and/or political conditions; the impact of current and future sanctions, embargoes and other similar laws at the state and/or federal level that impose restrictions on our counterparties or upon our ability to operate our business within the subject jurisdictions; political, economic,
regulatory and public health and safety risks and uncertainties in the countries and regions in which we operate; failure to retain personnel necessary for the operation of our business or those that we acquire; changes in the industries in which our accounts operate; the competitive environment in which we operate; the quality of our products; our ability to develop and market new products to address our accounts’ rapidly changing technological needs; changes in capital markets and our ability to access financing on terms satisfactory to us or at all; and our ability to integrate acquired businesses successfully.
Further information on potential factors that could affect the financial results of the Company are included in the Company’s Form 10-K and subsequent Forms 10-Q, which are on file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.
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Bentley Systems (Nasdaq: BSY) is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Our industryleading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Our offerings, powered by the iTwin Platform for infrastructure digital twins, include MicroStation and Bentley Open applications for modeling and simulation, Seequent’s software for geoprofessionals, and Bentley Infrastructure Cloud encompassing ProjectWise for project delivery, SYNCHRO for construction management, and AssetWise for asset operations. Bentley Systems’ 5,000 colleagues generate annual revenues of more than $1 billion in 194 countries.
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