NYSE: SHOP 59.34 +0.13 +0.22% Volume: 506,519 March 1, 2017
TSX: SHOP 79.10 +0.23 +0.29% Volume: 107,479 March 1, 2017

Investor News Details

Shopify Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results

February 15, 2017

Fourth-Quarter Revenue Grows 86% Year on Year

Fourth-Quarter Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) Grows 94% Year on Year

Shopify reports in U.S. dollars and in accordance with U.S. GAAP

OTTAWA, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SHOP), the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses, today announced strong financial results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

“Our work at Shopify is to help entrepreneurs thrive in a space that’s changing all the time, and we did our job especially well this past holiday season,” stated Tobi Lütke, founder and CEO of Shopify. “That eight of our ten top sellers over the Black Friday Cyber Monday weekend were merchants that had upgraded from lower-priced plans reminds us that today’s startups become tomorrow’s superstars, at a velocity that appears to be increasing all the time. As the engine powering the growth of these merchants, Shopify has an opportunity that stretches years into the future.”

“That we grew revenue by 90% and GMV by 99% for the full year 2016 speaks to the enormous opportunity in retail right now and our strategic position within it,” commented Russ Jones, Shopify’s CFO. “Throughout 2017 we will continue to build out our ability to seize this opportunity by expanding not only our existing features, such as channels, payments, shipping and capital, but also our facilities and infrastructure. These investments are timely, as we expect the number of merchants on Shopify to continue expanding rapidly and their collective sales volumes to continue to grow at a rate several times that of overall retail.”

Fourth-Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Total revenue in the fourth quarter was $130.4 million, an 86% increase from the comparable quarter in 2015. Within this, Subscription Solutions revenue grew 63% to $56.4 million. This increase was driven by the continued rapid growth in Monthly Recurring Revenue1 (“MRR”). The number of merchants on the Shopify platform surpassed 375,000 in the fourth quarter, as a record number of merchants joined the platform in the period. Merchant Solutions revenue grew 108% to $74.0 million, driven primarily by the growth of Gross Merchandise Volume2 (“GMV”).
  • MRR as of December 31, 2016 was $18.5 million, up 63% compared with $11.3 million as of December 31, 2015.
  • GMV for the fourth quarter was $5.5 billion, an increase of 94% over the fourth quarter of 2015. Gross Payments Volume ("GPV"), which is the amount of GMV processed through Shopify Payments, grew to $2.2 billion, which accounted for 39% of GMV processed in the quarter, versus $1.0 billion, or 37%, for the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Gross profit dollars grew 87% to $68.1 million as compared with the $36.5 million recorded for the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $9.3 million, or 7% of revenue, versus $6.5 million, or 9% of revenue, for the comparable period a year ago.
  • Adjusted operating loss3 for the fourth quarter of 2016 was 1% of revenue, or $0.8 million; adjusted operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 2% of revenue, or $1.3 million.
  • Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $8.9 million, or $0.10 per share, compared with $6.3 million, or $0.08 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Adjusted net loss3 for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $0.4 million, or $0.00 per share, compared with an adjusted net loss of $1.1 million, or $0.01 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • At December 31, 2016, Shopify had $392.4 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, compared with $190.2 million on December 31, 2015.

Fourth-Quarter Business Highlights

  • GMV during the holiday shopping weekend spanning Black Friday through Cyber Monday more than doubled over the comparable period last year as the level of activity on the Shopify platform reached a peak of nearly 3 million requests per minute.
  • Multi-channel continued to prove to be an effective strategy to support merchants, as percentage growth of GMV over social channels far outpaced that of our more traditional retail channels, such as point of sale and the online store.
  • Mobile traffic to merchants’ stores continued to grow, reaching 69% of traffic and 55% of orders at the end of 2016, versus 61% and 46%, respectively, at the end of 2015.
  • Shopify’s Sell on Amazon integration was made generally available to merchants in December. Designed to seamlessly connect Shopify store owners to the millions of customers searching for products to buy on Amazon, merchants can now conveniently manage their product catalog for their ecommerce website, retail store, Amazon store, and other sales channels all in one place.

Since the start of the year, Shopify launched its inaugural Build a Bigger Business competition. The new competition, which augments Shopify’s Build a Business competition, aims to equip established small and medium-sized businesses and trend-setting entrepreneurs with the tools and mentorship needed to achieve their ultimate growth objectives. Winners in each category will take a once-in-a-lifetime entrepreneurial getaway at the Namale Resort and Spa in Fiji with Tony Robbins and other business mentors.

Full-Year Financial Highlights

  • Total revenue for the full year grew 90% to $389.3 million, compared with $205.2 million in 2015. Within this, Subscription Solutions revenue grew 68% to $188.6 million and Merchant Solutions revenue grew 115% to $200.7 million.
  • GMV for 2016 was $15.4 billion, an increase of 99% over 2015. GPV grew to $5.9 billion in 2016, or 39% of GMV, versus $2.7 billion, or 35% of GMV, for 2015.
  • Gross profit dollars grew 85% over 2015 to $209.5 million, versus $113.3 million for 2015.
  • Operating loss for 2016 was $37.2 million, or 10% of revenue, versus $17.8 million, or 9% of revenue, for 2015.
  • Adjusted operating loss3 for 2016 was 3% of revenue, or $12.1 million; adjusted operating loss for 2015 was 3% of revenue, or $6.7 million.
  • Net loss was $35.4 million, or $0.42 per share, compared with $18.8 million, or $0.30 per share, for 2015.
  • Adjusted net loss3 for 2016 was $10.3 million, or $0.12 per share, compared with an adjusted net loss of $7.7 million, or $0.13 per share, for 2015.

2016 Business Highlights

Shopify expanded considerably in 2016, adding new merchants, channels, partners, and functionality. Over the past twelve months:

  • More than 133,000 net new merchants began selling on Shopify, which ended the year with approximately 377,500 merchants on the platform.
  • Merchants on average became more successful on Shopify, as GMV per merchant grew by 25% over last year.
  • MRR per merchant expanded over 2015, primarily due to strong growth in the number of merchants joining at higher subscription levels.
  • Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) expanded 15% to $1,243, versus $1,077 for 2015, driven by higher GMV per merchant, increased penetration of Shopify Payments, higher MRR per merchant, and the introduction of new merchant services.
  • The number of partners referring at least one new merchant to Shopify in 2016 grew to more than 11,000, compared with more than 8,500 in 2015.
  • Shopify integrated a number of new sales channels for merchants in 2016, including Facebook Messenger and Amazon. Shopify also launched a software development kit for third parties looking to make their sites natively available to Shopify merchants. The addition of Houzz, Wanelo, eBates and others has driven the number of channels over which a merchant can sell to more than a dozen.
  • Shopify Capital successfully launched, providing merchants with more than $30 million in aggregate in cash advances to help fuel their businesses by providing working capital for growth, such as securing inventory, hiring employees or marketing activities.
  • Shopify launched Apple Pay for the web, and by year end, more than 150,000 of Shopify’s merchants had elected to offer Apple Pay as a means for checkout. These merchants saw conversion rates approximately double by shoppers who have enabled Apple Pay.
  • Canada Post joined the US Postal Service as a partner on Shopify Shipping, bringing integrated shipping and tracking to more merchants in North America.
  • Shopify completed three acquisitions with the aim of expanding its breadth and depth of capabilities for merchants. All are founder-led teams where a focus on merchants, entrepreneurial cultures and product development talent make them strong additions to Shopify.
  • The percentage of Shopify merchants using Shopify Payments grew every quarter throughout 2016, with 85% of merchants at year end using Shopify Payments in geographies where it is available compared with 76% in the fourth quarter of 2015. This equates to 68% of our global merchant base compared with 62% in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Financial Outlook

The financial outlook that follows constitutes forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws and is based on a number of assumptions and subject to a number of risks. Actual results could vary materially as a result of numerous factors, including certain risk factors, many of which are beyond Shopify’s control. Please see “Forward-looking Statements” below.

In addition to the other assumptions and factors described in this press release, Shopify’s outlook assumes the continuation of growth trends in our industry, our ability to manage our growth effectively and the absence of material changes in our industry or the global economy. The following statements supersede all prior statements made by Shopify. All numbers provided in this section are approximate.

For the full year 2017, Shopify currently expects:

  • Revenues in the range of $580 million to $600 million
  • GAAP operating loss in the range of $73 million to $77 million
  • Adjusted operating loss3 in the range of $18 million to $22 million, which excludes stock-based compensation expenses and related payroll taxes of $55 million

For the first quarter of 2017, Shopify currently expects:

  • Revenues in the range of $120 million to $122 million
  • GAAP operating loss in the range of $20 million to $22 million
  • Adjusted operating loss3 in the range of $9 million to $11 million, which excludes stock-based compensation expenses and related payroll taxes of $11 million

Quarterly Conference Call

Shopify’s management team will hold a conference call to discuss its fourth-quarter and full-year results today, February 15, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. ET. The conference call will be webcast on the investor relations section of Shopify’s website at https://investors.shopify.com/events/Events-Presentations/default.aspx. An archived replay of the webcast will be available following the conclusion of the call.

Shopify’s Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying Notes, Management’s Discussion and Analysis, and Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2016 are available on Shopify’s website at www.shopify.com, and will be filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. Shareholders may, upon request, receive a hard copy of the complete audited financial statements free of charge.

About Shopify

Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces and physical retail locations. The platform also provides merchants with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, making enterprise-level technology available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in approximately 175 countries and is trusted by brands such as Tesla, Nestle, GE, Red Bull, Kylie Cosmetics, and many more.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement its consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Shopify uses certain non-GAAP financial measures to provide additional information in order to assist investors in understanding its financial and operating performance.

Adjusted operating loss, non-GAAP operating expenses, adjusted net loss and adjusted net loss per share are non-GAAP financial measures that exclude the effect of share-based compensation expenses and related payroll taxes as well as sales and use tax.

Management uses non-GAAP financial measures internally for financial and operational decision-making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. Shopify believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information about operating results, enhance the overall understanding of past financial performance and future prospects, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making. Non-GAAP financial measures are not recognized measures for financial statement presentation under U.S. GAAP and do not have standardized meanings, and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other public companies. Such non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the corresponding measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. See the financial tables below for a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements regarding Shopify’s financial outlook and future financial performance. Words such as “expects”, “anticipates” and “intends” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements are based on Shopify’s current projections and expectations about future events and financial trends that management believes might affect its financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs, and on certain assumptions and analysis made by Shopify in light of the experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors management believes are appropriate. These projections, expectations, assumptions and analyses are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, events and achievements to differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. Although Shopify believes that the assumptions underlying these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they may prove to be incorrect, and readers cannot be assured that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors, including certain risk factors, many of which are beyond Shopify’s control, including but not limited to: (i) merchant acquisition and retention; (ii) managing our growth; (iii) our history of losses; (iv) our limited operating history; (v) our ability to innovate; (vi) a disruption of service or security breach; (vii) payments processed through Shopify Payments; (viii) our reliance on a single supplier to provide the technology we offer through Shopify Payments; (ix) a breach involving personally identifiable information; (x) serious software errors or defects; (xi) exchange rate fluctuations; (xii) achieving or maintaining data transmission capacity; and (xiii) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in Shopify’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the securities commissions or similar securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces or territories of Canada. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release represent Shopify’s expectations as of the date of this news release, or as of the date they are otherwise stated to be made, and subsequent events may cause these expectations to change. Shopify undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

1.

 

Monthly Recurring Revenue, or MRR, is calculated by multiplying the number of merchants by the average monthly subscription plan fee in effect on the last day of that period and is used by management as a directional indicator of subscription solutions revenue going forward assuming merchants maintain their subscription plan the following month.

 

2.

Gross Merchandise Volume, or GMV, represents the total dollar value of orders processed on the Shopify platform in the period, net of refunds, and inclusive of shipping and handling, duty and value-added taxes.

 

3.

Please refer to "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" in this press release.

Shopify Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

(Expressed in US $000’s, except share and per share amounts, unaudited)

   
Three months ended Years ended

December 31,
2016

 

December 31,
2015

December 31,
2016

 

December 31,
2015

$ $ $ $
Revenues
Subscription solutions 56,387 34,608 188,606 111,979
Merchant solutions 73,996   35,565   200,724   93,254  
130,383   70,173   389,330   205,233  
Cost of revenues
Subscription solutions 11,593 7,662 39,478 24,531
Merchant solutions 50,655   26,044     140,357   67,447  
62,248   33,706   179,835   91,978  
Gross profit 68,135   36,467   209,495   113,255  
Operating expenses
Sales and marketing 39,016 22,527 129,214 70,374
Research and development 24,472 13,541 74,336 39,722
General and administrative 13,952   6,918   43,110   20,915  
Total operating expenses 77,440   42,986   246,660   131,011  
Loss from operations (9,305 ) (6,519 ) (37,165 ) (17,756 )
       
Other income (expense) 438   212   1,810   (1,034 )
Net loss (8,867 ) (6,307 ) (35,355 ) (18,790 )
Other comprehensive loss, net of tax (1,342 )   (1,818 )  
Comprehensive loss (10,209 ) (6,307 ) (37,173 ) (18,790 )
Basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to shareholders (0.10 ) (0.08 ) (0.42 ) (0.30 )
Weighted average shares used to compute basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to shareholders 89,137,155 77,996,629 83,988,597 61,716,065

Shopify Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Expressed in US $000’s, except share and per share amounts, unaudited)

 
As at
December 31, 2016   December 31, 2015
$ $
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 84,013 110,070
Marketable securities 308,401 80,103
Trade and other receivables 9,599 6,089
Merchant cash advances receivable, net 11,896
Other current assets 8,989   6,203  
422,898   202,465  
Long term assets
Property and equipment 45,719 33,048
Intangible assets 6,437 5,826
Goodwill 15,504   2,373  
67,660   41,247  
Total assets 490,558   243,712  
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 45,057 23,689
Current portion of deferred revenue 20,164 12,726
Current portion of lease incentives 1,311   822  
66,532   37,237  
Long term liabilities
Deferred revenue 922 661
Lease incentives 12,628   10,497  
13,550   11,158  
Shareholders’ equity
Common stock, unlimited Class A subordinate voting shares authorized, 77,030,952 and 56,877,089 issued and outstanding; unlimited Class B multiple voting shares authorized, 12,374,528 and 23,212,769 issued and outstanding 468,494 231,452
Additional paid-in capital 27,009 11,719
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,818 )
Accumulated deficit (83,209 ) (47,854 )
Total shareholders’ equity 410,476   195,317  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity 490,558   243,712  

Shopify Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Expressed in US $000’s, except share and per share amounts, unaudited)

 
Years ended
December 31, 2016   December 31, 2015
$   $  
Cash flows from operating activities
Net loss for the year (35,355 ) (18,790 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:
Amortization and depreciation 13,967 7,236
Stock-based compensation 22,896 7,805
Vesting of restricted shares 202 353
Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss (969 ) 1,828
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Trade and other receivables (2,356 ) 1,176
Merchant cash advances receivable, net (11,896 )
Other current assets (2,604 ) (4,708 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 19,813 11,097
Deferred revenue 7,699 6,218
Lease incentives 2,620   3,541  
Net cash provided by operating activities 14,017   15,756  
Cash flows from investing activities
Purchase of marketable securities (369,208 ) (111,154 )
Maturity of marketable securities 139,872 48,350
Acquisitions of property and equipment (23,773 ) (16,525 )
Acquisitions of intangible assets (2,463 ) (4,511 )
Acquisition of business (net of cash acquired) (14,114 )  
Net cash used in investing activities (269,686 ) (83,840 )
Cash flows from financing activities
Proceeds from initial public offering, net of issuance costs 136,251
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options 4,162 1,604
Proceeds from follow-on public offering, net of issuance costs 224,423  

 
Net cash provided by financing activities 228,585   137,855  
Effect of foreign exchange on cash and cash equivalents 1,027   (1,654 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (26,057 ) 68,117
Cash and cash equivalents – Beginning of Year 110,070   41,953  
Cash and cash equivalents – End of Year 84,013   110,070  

Shopify Inc.

Reconciliation from GAAP to Non-GAAP Results

(Expressed in US $000’s, except share and per share amounts, unaudited)

   
Three months ended Years ended

December 31,
2016

 

December 31,
2015

December 31,
2016

 

December 31,
2015

$ $ $ $
GAAP Gross profit 68,135 36,467 209,495 113,255
% of Revenue 52 % 52 % 54 % 55 %
add: stock-based compensation 206 84 629 282
add: payroll taxes related to stock-based compensation 10   63   89   63  
Non-GAAP Gross profit 68,351   36,614   210,213   113,600  
% of Revenue 52 % 52 % 54 % 55 %
 
GAAP Sales and marketing 39,016 22,527 129,214 70,374
% of Revenue 30 % 32 % 33 % 34 %
less: stock-based compensation 1,300 418 3,951 1,099
less: payroll taxes related to stock-based compensation 124   252   493   252  
Non-GAAP Sales and marketing 37,592   21,857   124,770   69,023  
% of Revenue 29 % 31 % 32 % 34 %
 
GAAP Research and development 24,472 13,541 74,336 39,722
% of Revenue 19 % 19 % 19 % 19 %
less: stock-based compensation 5,232 1,656 14,318 4,509
less: payroll taxes related to stock-based compensation 230   1,864   1,046   1,864  
Non-GAAP Research and development 19,010   10,021   58,972   33,349  
% of Revenue 15 % 14 % 15 % 16 %
 
GAAP General and administrative 13,952 6,918 43,110 20,915
% of Revenue 11 % 10 % 11 % 10 %
less: stock-based compensation 1,324 721 4,200 2,268
less: payroll taxes related to stock-based compensation 72 151 295 151
less: sales and use tax       566  
Non-GAAP General and administrative 12,556   6,046   38,615   17,930  
% of Revenue 10 % 9 % 10 % 9 %
 
GAAP Operating expenses 77,440 42,986 246,660 131,011
% of Revenue 59 % 61 % 63 % 64 %
less: stock-based compensation 7,856 2,795 22,469 7,876
less: payroll taxes related to stock-based compensation 426 2,267 1,834 2,267
less: sales and use tax       566  
Non-GAAP Operating Expenses 69,158   37,924   222,357   120,302  
% of Revenue 53 % 54 % 57 % 59 %

Shopify Inc.

Reconciliation from GAAP to Non-GAAP Results (continued)

(Expressed in US $000’s, except share and per share amounts, unaudited)

   
Three months ended Years ended

December 31,
2016

 

December 31,
2015

December 31,
2016

 

December 31,
2015

$ $ $ $
GAAP Operating loss (9,305 ) (6,519 ) (37,165 ) (17,756 )
% of Revenue (7 )% (9 )% (10 )% (9 )%
add: stock-based compensation 8,062 2,879 23,098 8,158
add: payroll taxes related to stock-based compensation 436 2,330 1,923 2,330
add: sales and use tax       566  
Adjusted Operating loss (807 ) (1,310 ) (12,144 ) (6,702 )
% of Revenue (1 )% (2 )% (3 )% (3 )%
 
GAAP Net loss (8,867 ) (6,307 ) (35,355 ) (18,790 )
% of Revenue (7 )% (9 )% (9 )% (9 )%
add: stock-based compensation 8,062 2,879 23,098 8,158
add: payroll taxes related to stock-based compensation 436 2,330 1,923 2,330
add: sales and use tax       566  
Adjusted Net loss and comprehensive loss (369 ) (1,098 ) (10,334 ) (7,736 )
% of Revenue % (2 )% (3 )% (4 )%
 
GAAP net loss per share attributable to shareholders (0.10 ) (0.08 ) (0.42 ) (0.30 )
add: stock-based compensation 0.09 0.04 0.28 0.13
add: payroll taxes related to stock-based compensation 0.00 0.03 0.02 0.04
add: sales and use tax 0.00   0.00   0.00   0.01  
Adjusted net loss per share attributable to shareholders(1) 0.00   (0.01 ) (0.12 ) (0.13 )
Weighted average shares used to compute GAAP and non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to shareholders 89,137,155 77,996,629 83,988,597 61,716,065

(1) Totals may not foot due to rounding differences.

Source: Shopify

Shopify

INVESTORS:

Katie Keita, 613-241-2828

Director, Investor Relations

IR@shopify.com

or

MEDIA:

Sheryl So, 416-238-6705 x 302

Public Relations Manager

press@shopify.com