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C3 AI Announces Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2024 Financial Results


C3.ai, Inc. ("C3 AI," "C3," or the "Company") (NYSE: AI), the Enterprise AI application software company, today announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended April 30, 2024.

"We finished a strong quarter and closed out a huge year for C3 AI. This was our fifth consecutive quarter of accelerating revenue growth. Our fourth quarter revenue grew by 20% year-over-year to $86.6 million, exceeding the top end of our guidance. Our full year revenue grew by 16% to $310.6 million, also exceeding the top end of our guidance," said C3 AI CEO and Chairman Thomas M. Siebel. "Demand for Enterprise AI is intensifying, and our first to market advantage in Enterprise AI positions us well to capitalize on it. Our Enterprise AI applications have been adopted across 19 industries, underscoring increasing market diversity. Our federal revenue grew by more than 100% for the year. The interest we are seeing in our generative AI applications is staggering."

Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2024 Financial Highlights

Full Year Fiscal 2024 Financial Highlights

Business Highlights

C3 AI is leading with Enterprise AI applications. In FY24, 88% of all bookings were driven by application sales and 12% of our bookings were driven by sales of the C3 AI Platform.

Customer Success

C3 AI remains the leader in AI-powered predictive maintenance solutions, continuing to deliver significant economic value across industries, with heavy adoption in the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Energy sectors.

Federal Growth

Partner Network

C3 AI's partners remain a key driver of growth and customer success.

C3 Generative AI

The broad applicability of C3 Generative AI is driving the Company into new verticals and accelerating industry diversification.

Financial Outlook:

We are expecting additional acceleration of C3 AI revenue growth to approximately 23% in FY25. We plan to continue to invest in growth to build a long-term cash generating profitable market leader in Enterprise AI.

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

The following table summarizes C3 AI's guidance for the first quarter of fiscal 2025 and full-year fiscal 2025:

(in millions)

First Quarter Fiscal 2025

Guidance

 

Full Year Fiscal 2025 Guidance

Total revenue

$84.0 - $89.0

 

$370.0 - $395.0

Non-GAAP loss from operations

$(22.0) - $(30.0)

 

$(95.0) - $(125.0)

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 Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2024 Financial Results Conference Call

When:

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Time:

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

Participant Registration:

https://register.vevent.com/register/BIa4098dae2ede4f80a85f5a3a50b873e3 (live call)

Webcast:

https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/zjmvtizr (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.

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. The words "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "will" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our market leadership position, anticipated benefits from our partnerships, financial outlook, our sales and customer opportunity pipeline including our industry diversification, the expected benefits of our offerings (including the potential benefits of our C3 Generative AI offerings), and our business strategies, plans, and objectives for future operations. 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, including our history of losses and ability to achieve and maintain profitability in the future, our historic dependence on a limited number of existing customers that account for a substantial portion of our revenue, our ability to attract new customers and retain existing customers, market awareness and acceptance of enterprise AI solutions in general and our products in particular, the length and unpredictability of our sales cycles and the time and expense required for our sales efforts. Some of these risks are described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended July 31, 2023, October 31, 2023 and January 31, 2024, and other filings and reports we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including our Form 10-K that will be filed for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2024, 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, Inc.

C3.ai, Inc. (NYSE:AI) is the Enterprise AI application software company. C3 AI delivers a family of fully integrated products including the C3 AI 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, and C3 Generative AI, a suite of domain-specific generative AI offerings for the enterprise.

C3.AI, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended April 30,

 

Fiscal Year Ended April 30,

 

 

2024

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2024

 

 

 

2023

 

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subscription(1)

$

79,903

 

 

$

56,866

 

 

$

278,104

 

 

$

230,443

 

Professional services(2)

 

6,687

 

 

 

15,544

 

 

 

32,478

 

 

 

36,352

 

Total revenue

 

86,590

 

 

 

72,410

 

 

 

310,582

 

 

 

266,795

 

Cost of revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subscription

 

34,825

 

 

 

23,872

 

 

 

128,469

 

 

 

78,423

 

Professional services

 

154

 

 

 

1,036

 

 

 

3,553

 

 

 

7,914

 

Total cost of revenue

 

34,979

 

 

 

24,908

 

 

 

132,022

 

 

 

86,337

 

Gross profit

 

51,611

 

 

 

47,502

 

 

 

178,560

 

 

 

180,458

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales and marketing(3)

 

63,247

 

 

 

51,701

 

 

 

214,167

 

 

 

183,121

 

Research and development

 

50,618

 

 

 

49,681

 

 

 

201,365

 

 

 

210,660

 

General and administrative

 

20,053

 

 

 

19,400

 

 

 

81,370

 

 

 

77,170

 

Total operating expenses

 

133,918

 

 

 

120,782

 

 

 

496,902

 

 

 

470,951

 

Loss from operations

 

(82,307

)

 

 

(73,280

)

 

 

(318,342

)

 

 

(290,493

)

Interest income

 

9,482

 

 

 

8,230

 

 

 

40,079

 

 

 

21,979

 

Other (expense) income, net

 

(173

)

 

 

284

 

 

 

(641

)

 

 

350

 

Loss before provision for income taxes

 

(72,998

)

 

 

(64,766

)

 

 

(278,904

)

 

 

(268,164

)

Provision for income taxes

 

(71

)

 

 

190

 

 

 

792

 

 

 

675

 

Net loss

$

(72,927

)

 

$

(64,956

)

 

$

(279,696

)

 

$

(268,839

)

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

$

(0.59

)

 

$

(0.58

)

 

$

(2.34

)

 

$

(2.45

)

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

 

122,676

 

 

 

112,746

 

 

 

119,362

 

 

 

109,851

 

(1)

Including related party revenue of nil and $19,568 for the three months ended April 30, 2024 and 2023, respectively, and $10,581 and $75,452 for the fiscal years ended April 30, 2024 and 2023, respectively.

(2)

Including related party revenue of nil and $8,025 for the three months ended April 30, 2024 and 2023, respectively, and $5,804 and $16,774 for the fiscal years ended April 30, 2024 and 2023, respectively.

(3)

Including related party sales and marketing expense of nil and $3,416 for the three months ended April 30, 2024 and 2023, respectively, and $810 and $13,962 for the fiscal years ended April 30, 2024 and 2023, respectively.

 

C3.AI, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

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

(Unaudited)

 

 

April 30, 2024

 

April 30, 2023

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

167,146

 

 

$

284,829

 

Marketable securities

 

583,221

 

 

 

446,155

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $359 and $359 as of April 30, 2024 and 2023, respectively(1)

 

130,064

 

 

 

134,586

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets(2)

 

23,963

 

 

 

23,309

 

Total current assets

 

904,394

 

 

 

888,879

 

Property and equipment, net

 

88,631

 

 

 

84,578

 

Goodwill

 

625

 

 

 

625

 

Long-term investments

 

?

 

 

 

81,418

 

Other assets, non-current(3)

 

44,575

 

 

 

47,528

 

Total assets

$

1,038,225

 

 

$

1,103,028

 

Liabilities and stockholders' equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts payable(4)

$

11,316

 

 

$

24,610

 

Accrued compensation and employee benefits

 

44,263

 

 

 

46,513

 

Deferred revenue, current(5)

 

37,230

 

 

 

47,846

 

Accrued and other current liabilities(6)

 

9,526

 

 

 

17,070

 

Total current liabilities

 

102,335

 

 

 

136,039

 

Deferred revenue, non-current

 

1,732

 

 

 

4

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

60,805

 

 

 

37,320

 

Total liabilities

 

164,872

 

 

 

173,363

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity

 

 

 

Class A common stock, $0.001 par value. 1,000,000,000 shares authorized as of April 30, 2024 and 2023, respectively; 120,205,931 and 110,442,569 shares issued and outstanding as of April 30, 2024 and 2023 respectively

 

120

 

 

 

110

 

Class B common stock, $0.001 par value; 3,500,000 shares authorized as of April 30, 2024 and 2023, respectively; 3,499,992 and 3,499,992 shares issued and outstanding as of April 30, 2024 and 2023, respectively

 

3

 

 

 

3

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

1,963,726

 

 

 

1,740,174

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(563

)

 

 

(385

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(1,089,933

)

 

 

(810,237

)

Total stockholders' equity

 

873,353

 

 

 

929,665

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,038,225

 

 

$

1,103,028

 

(1)

Including amounts from a related party of $74,620 as of April 30, 2023.

(2)

Including amounts from a related party of $4,983 as of April 30, 2023.

(3)

Including amounts from a related party of $11,279 as of April 30, 2023.

(4)

Including amounts due to a related party of $2,200 as of April 30, 2023.

(5)

Including amounts from a related party of $249 as of April 30, 2023.

(6)

Including amounts due to a related party of $2,448 as of April 30, 2023.

 

C3.AI, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Fiscal Year Ended April 30,

 

 

2024

 

 

 

2023

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

Net loss

$

(279,696

)

 

$

(268,839

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

12,719

 

 

 

6,088

 

Non-cash operating lease cost

 

742

 

 

 

6,992

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

215,761

 

 

 

216,542

 

Accretion of discounts on marketable securities

 

(17,214

)

 

 

(4,558

)

Other

 

98

 

 

 

249

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts receivable(1)

 

4,522

 

 

 

(54,517

)

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

 

3,208

 

 

 

(576

)

Accounts payable(3)

 

(12,883

)

 

 

(22,041

)

Accrued compensation and employee benefits

 

(6,218

)

 

 

3,193

 

Operating lease liabilities

 

17,332

 

 

 

13,641

 

Other liabilities(4)

 

8,155

 

 

 

(10,573

)

Deferred revenue(5)

 

(8,888

)

 

 

(1,292

)

Net cash used in operating activities

 

(62,362

)

 

 

(115,691

)

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(25,256

)

 

 

(70,518

)

Capitalized software development costs

 

(2,750

)

 

 

(1,000

)

Purchases of investments

 

(827,901

)

 

 

(745,249

)

Maturities and sales of investments

 

789,292

 

 

 

876,713

 

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

 

(66,615

)

 

 

59,946

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

Proceeds from exercise of Class A common stock options

 

13,751

 

 

 

4,468

 

Proceeds from issuance of Class A common stock under employee stock purchase plan

 

10,763

 

 

 

3,093

 

Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards

 

(13,220

)

 

 

(6,940

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

11,294

 

 

 

621

 

Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

(117,683

)

 

 

(55,124

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

 

297,395

 

 

 

352,519

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

179,712

 

 

$

297,395

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

167,146

 

 

$

284,829

 

Restricted cash included in other assets, non-current

 

12,566

 

 

 

12,566

 

Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

$

179,712

 

 

$

297,395

 

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

$

975

 

 

$

578

 

Supplemental disclosures of non-cash investing and financing activities:

 

 

 

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

$

474

 

 

$

13,814

 

Right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for lease obligations (including remeasurement of right-of-use assets and lease liabilities due to changes in the timing of receipt of lease incentives)

$

1,833

 

 

$

(5,589

)

Right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for lease obligations arising from lease modifications

$

?

 

 

$

3,093

 

Receivable from exercise of stock options included in prepaid expenses, other current assets and other assets

$

3

 

 

$

61

 

Unpaid liabilities related to intangible purchases

$

?

 

 

$

1,500

 

Vesting of early exercised stock options

$

507

 

 

$

1,006

 

(1)

Including changes in related party balances of $12,444 and $38,772 for the fiscal years ended April 30, 2024 and 2023, respectively.

(2)

Including changes in related party balances of $(810) and $(4,741) for the fiscal years ended April 30, 2024 and 2023, respectively.

(3)

Including changes in related party balances of $248 and $(16,349) for the fiscal years ended April 30, 2024 and 2023, respectively.

(4)

Including changes in related party balances of $(2,448) and $(2,510) for the fiscal years ended April 30, 2024 and 2023, respectively.

(5)

Including changes in related party balances of $(46) and $117 for the fiscal years ended April 30, 2024 and 2023, respectively.

C3.AI, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(In thousands, except percentages)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended April 30,

 

Fiscal Year Ended April 30,

 

 

2024

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2024

 

 

 

2023

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit on a GAAP basis

$

51,611

 

 

$

47,502

 

 

$

178,560

 

 

$

180,458

 

Stock-based compensation expense (1)

 

8,828

 

 

 

5,972

 

 

 

35,320

 

 

 

23,637

 

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

 

493

 

 

 

377

 

 

 

1,736

 

 

 

1,150

 

Gross profit on a non-GAAP basis

$

60,932

 

 

$

53,851

 

 

$

215,616

 

 

$

205,245

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross margin on a GAAP basis

 

60

%

 

 

66

%

 

 

57

%

 

 

68

%

Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis

 

70

%

 

 

74

%

 

 

69

%

 

 

77

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss from operations on a GAAP basis

$

(82,307

)

 

$

(73,280

)

 

$

(318,342

)

$

(290,493

)

Stock-based compensation expense (1)

 

56,729

 

 

 

48,068

 

 

 

215,761

 

 

 

216,542

 

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

 

2,173

 

 

 

1,669

 

 

 

7,720

 

 

 

5,877

 

Loss from operations on a non-GAAP basis

$

(23,405

)

 

$

(23,543

)

 

$

(94,861

)

 

$

(68,074

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss on a GAAP basis

$

(72,927

)

 

$

(64,956

)

 

$

(279,696

)

 

$

(268,839

)

Stock-based compensation expense (1)

 

56,729

 

 

 

48,068

 

 

 

215,761

 

 

 

216,542

 

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

 

2,173

 

 

 

1,669

 

 

 

7,720

 

 

 

5,877

 

Net loss on a non-GAAP basis

$

(14,025

)

 

$

(15,219

)

 

$

(56,215

)

 

$

(46,420

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted

$

(0.59

)

 

$

(0.58

)

 

$

(2.34

)

 

$

(2.45

)

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

$

(0.11

)

 

$

(0.13

)

 

$

(0.47

)

 

$

(0.42

)

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

 

122,676

 

 

 

112,746

 

 

 

119,362

 

 

 

109,851

 

(1)

Stock-based compensation expense for gross profit 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:

 

 

Three Months Ended April 30,

 

Fiscal Year Ended April 30,

 

 

2024

 

 

2023

 

 

2024

 

 

2023

Cost of subscription

$

8,788

 

$

5,663

 

$

34,032

 

$

21,417

Cost of professional services

 

40

 

 

309

 

 

1,288

 

2,220

Sales and marketing

 

19,218

 

 

17,214

 

 

71,751

 

71,389

Research and development

 

19,561

 

 

17,449

 

 

72,036

 

90,217

General and administrative

 

9,122

 

 

7,433

 

 

36,654

 

31,299

Total stock-based compensation expense

$

56,729

 

$

48,068

 

$

215,761

 

$

216,542

(2)

Employer payroll tax expense related to employee stock-based compensation for gross profit and gross margin includes costs of subscription and cost of professional services as follows. Employer payroll tax expense related to employee stock-based compensation for loss from operations includes total employer payroll tax expense related to employee stock-based compensation as follows:

 

 

Three Months Ended April 30,

 

Fiscal Year Ended April 30,

 

 

2024

 

 

2023

 

 

2024

 

 

2023

Cost of subscription

$

490

 

$

357

 

$

1,673

 

$

1,003

Cost of professional services

 

3

 

 

20

 

 

63

 

 

147

Sales and marketing

 

642

 

 

604

 

 

2,606

 

 

1,767

Research and development

 

869

 

 

576

 

 

2,839

 

 

2,523

General and administrative

 

169

 

 

112

 

 

539

 

 

437

Total employer payroll tax expense

$

2,173

 

$

1,669

 

$

7,720

 

$

5,877

Reconciliation of free cash flow to the GAAP measure of net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

The following table below provides a reconciliation of free cash flow to the GAAP measure of net cash provided by (used in) operating activities for the periods presented:

 

Three Months Ended April 30,

 

Fiscal Year Ended April 30,

 

 

2024

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2024

 

 

 

2023

 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

$

21,343

 

 

$

27,054

 

 

$

(62,362

)

 

$

(115,691

)

Less:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(2,538

)

 

 

(10,751

)

 

 

(25,256

)

 

 

(70,518

)

Capitalized software development costs

 

?

 

 

 

?

 

 

 

(2,750

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