N-able, Inc.

Q1 2023 Earnings Conference Call


spk02: Hello and welcome to the Enable First Quarter 2023 Earnings Call. My name is Lauren and I'll be coordinating your call today. If you would like to ask a question during the presentation, you may do so by pressing Start, loaded by 1, on your telephone keypad. I will now hand you over to your host, Griffin Gere, Investor Relations Lead to Begin. Please go ahead.
spk00: Thanks, Operator, and welcome everyone to Enable's First Quarter 2023 Earnings Call. With me today are John Faliuca, Enable's president and CEO, and Tim O'Brien, EVP and CFO. Following our prepared remarks, we will open the line for a question and answer session. This call is being simultaneously webcast on our investor relations website at investors.enable.com. There you can also find our earnings press release. which is intended to supplement our prepared remarks during today's call. Certain statements made during this call are forward-looking statements, including those concerning our financial outlook, our market opportunities, our continued expectations following the spin-off of our business in July 2021, and the impact of the global economic environment on our business. These statements are based on currently available information and assumptions, and we undertake no duty to update this information except as required by law. These statements are also subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including those related to the spinoff transaction completed in July 2021. Additional information concerning these statements and the risks and uncertainties associated with them is highlighted in today's earnings release and in our filings with the SEC. Copies are available from the SEC or on our investor relations website. Furthermore, we will discuss various non-GAAP financial measures on today's call. Unless otherwise specified, when we refer to financial measures, we will be referring to the non-GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of certain GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures discussed on today's call is available in our earnings press release on our investor relations website. And now, I will turn the call over to John.
spk05: Thank you, Griffin. And thank you all for joining us today. Our Q1 results resonated with clear takeaways. Demand for our purpose-built solutions is strong. Our business model, which we believe is both durable and differentiated, continues to deliver growth and profit. And we are executing our strategic initiatives that drive value for our customers. We solidly beat our Q1 expectations on both the top and bottom line. with revenue of $99.8 million, or 13% year-over-year growth on a constant currency basis. An adjusted EBITDA of $32.7 million, representing an adjusted EBITDA margin of approximately 33%. Our constant currency net revenue retention held steady at 108%. And as Tim will tell you shortly, we are raising revenue and adjusted EBITDA guidance for the year. The MSP market we serve remains healthy, driven by persistent tailwinds. IT management continues to increase in complexity. Cyber threats are escalating and becoming more insidious. And it remains the case that small and medium-sized businesses are challenged to hire technicians in a tight IT labor market. These dynamics push SMEs to use outsourced IT providers, such as our MSP partners. MSPs use enabled software to manage and monitor the SMEs IT environments, protect them against cyber attacks, and backup and restore their data in the event of a cyber attack or some other disaster. With a business model aimed at delivering enterprise-grade software to the underserved SME market, we believe we are uniquely positioned to benefit from the long-term secular growth of SME IT spending and the trend of outsourcing IT needs to our MSP partners. Earlier today, I gave a keynote address on stage at our annual customer event in Prague called Empower, attended by MSPs, distributors, and vendors from across the globe. The Empower Conference is an event full of educational content, expert speakers, and programming tracks geared toward helping MSPs scale and grow their business. During my keynote, I reminded the audience that the rate of innovation is accelerating. And as technologists, MSPs must turn uncertainty and change into assurance for their customers by keeping them informed and equipped, not merely to survive the rapid pace of change, but to make new technologies a competitive differentiator in their markets. Now more than ever, Small and medium businesses look to MSPs to be that trusted technology and business advisor. And while changes become constant with the right strategy and focus, I reminded our MSP partners that the opportunities are massive. I also stressed to our MSP partners that managing and securing the cloud is no longer optional. SME spending in the cloud is rising and market analysts are forecasting continued demand growth. According to Gartner projections, 95% of new digital workloads will be deployed on cloud-native platforms by 2025, and we are making significant investments to enable our partners to address this growing demand. We do this in several ways. First, we deliver our solutions in the cloud. For example, our RMM solutions in Central and Insight scale with our MSP partners and allow device management across several operating systems. from one dashboard delivered seamlessly through the cloud. For Cove, our cloud-first data protection as a service solution, we just announced that we are strengthening disaster recovery as a service by combining a highly efficient cloud-first multi-tenant architecture with the convenience of recovery directly into Azure, further standardizing business continuity for our partners, and allowing MSPs to utilize their Azure instances versus investing in infrastructure or private cloud offerings. The benefit of this near-instant approach on Restore, combined with the benefits of the public cloud, including availability, scalability, cyber resilience, and geo-redundance. As of the end of the first quarter, our cloud-based Microsoft 365 backup offering was deployed for over 1.4 million unique users. from about 900,000 in the first quarter of 2022. And on the layered security front, our EDR solution, also cloud-based, is gaining traction in the market with approximately 1.4 million devices protected. Second, we deliver solutions that help our partners manage the cloud. Our cloud user hub enables our partners to automate and manage their Microsoft 365, and Azure licenses in a consolidated platform. We continue to evolve our cloud monitoring and management capabilities across our portfolio. And as SMEs demand for the cloud grows, Enable is committed to providing the solutions our MSP partners need to help satisfy that demand. Meeting with partners today at Empower, they echoed that they value the way we go beyond technology. We are not just in the software business. We are in the relationship business. And our relationship does not end when we complete a sale to our MSP partners. It begins. To name but a few of our partner programs, we have a dedicated global partner success team and our head nerds who collectively spend hundreds of hours a month in one-on-one sessions with our partners. In addition, we host events like Empower, focused on peer-to-peer networking and education. We constantly work with our partners to help them automate their business, so they can be efficient with their technician time. And we train them in best practices and give them materials to help them price, package, and market their services. We do this because our MSP success is our success. Our MSPs are effectively an extension of our sales force. This intertwined relationship is a critical component of our profitable business model. By enabling MSPs to grow, we efficiently penetrate the fragmented SME market, which helps us grow our 30-plus percent adjusted EBITDA margins. Enable is committed to being the partner of choice for MSPs of all sizes around the world, and we will continue to raise the bar in 2023 by delivering purpose-built solutions that meet the growing needs of MSPs to keep them ahead of the technology curve. And though we believe demand is healthy and the trends point in our favor, That alone does not guarantee our success. We must also continue to execute and earn more fans. During our Q4 earnings call, we spoke about our key focus areas for the year. Number one, manage everything. Number two, protect and secure. And number three, operational efficiency. And I wanted to share updates on these strategic initiatives. Looking first at our Manage Everything initiative, in the first quarter, we began rolling out updates to our management platform to offer MSPs the ability to manage Windows, Linux, and Apple devices from one dashboard. We believe the addition of these powerful new Apple management capabilities is a strategic differentiator that can expand our TAM and put us side by side in competition with pure play Mac vendors. An example of our value proposition for integrated management capabilities is a first quarter new customer deal for more than $140,000 of ARR. The initial conversation centered around this MSP's existing RMM product, which they felt lacked the automation, customization, and flexibility they needed. After showing them that Incentral could more than satisfy what they were missing from their legacy RMM, the conversation turned to Cove and EDR. They realized they could both save money and gain functionality by switching to Cove, and were impressed by the upgraded protection EDR offered compared to legacy antivirus. Our customer service capabilities sealed the deal, and we completed a sale of Incentral, Cove, and EDR. We're pleased to see continued traction in new customer logos in our RMM platforms. We also made progress in our second focus area, protect and secure. A number of market factors are driving our focus in this initiative, including evolving compliance and regulatory standards. Companies of all sizes face growing regulatory pressure to ensure data is adequately protected from bad actors, putting MSPs squarely in the compliance business. On top of that, we are seeing insurance providers effectively mandate that SMEs must have qualifying cybersecurity solutions in place before they underwrite a policy. along with a growing sophistication of attacks has helped shift security from a nice to have to a must have for the small and medium enterprise. We saw this firsthand during the security roadshows we did this past quarter across four countries and three continents. The message from our partners was clear. They need security software that can effectively protect them and their customers from attacks and be easily deployed across the endpoints they manage. and we believe that our security offerings meet these market needs. MSP conversion from legacy antivirus to EDR production, including our recently launched managed EDR offering, is a significant opportunity for us to help our partners who want to ensure ongoing endpoint monitoring and immediate mitigation of malicious events. On the data protection front, our new capability to utilize Cove Standby Image for Restore in the Azure public cloud across multiple regions is an elegant approach for service providers to deliver enterprise-grade disaster recovery as a service to their customers flexibly and affordably. And our security and data protection offerings continue to outpace Enable's total company revenue growth. And our last focus area, operational efficiency. We continue to improve our partners' efficiency through automation and standardization. You can see the evidence of our success here in our trailing 12-month dollar-based constant currency net retention, which remains strong at 108%. And in fact, the partners are layering more solutions across our product suite. One great example of partners seeking to standardize in the Enable tech stack is an EDR deal of more than $300,000 of ARR we signed in the first quarter. The MSP started its relationship with Enable using RN Central product in early 2022. After working with us for the past year, they understood how more products from Enable could benefit their operational efficiency. As a result, we landed their EDR business. Notably, over 50% of this deal was from the managed EDR solution I mentioned a minute ago. This deal is one of the largest single deals in Enable company history, and it perfectly represents the value proposition we can offer partners who standardize their tech stack with us. It is important to emphasize that none of this happens without the effort of Enablites across the globe. In the first quarter, we were delighted to receive recognition by a great place to work in the U.S. for the second year in a row, a comparably global cultural award, and we were included on Built In's 2023 Best Places to Work. We are also proud to note that we recently published our inaugural ESG report and look forward to discussing our ESG efforts in the future. With that, I would like to turn the call over to Tim to discuss our financial results and outlook. Then I'll circle back for some closing remarks. Tim?
spk04: Thank you, John. And thanks to all of you for joining us on the call today. We delivered strong results in the first quarter, beating the high end of our revenue and adjusted EBITDA guidance. The overall value of the Enable platform Our strategy aimed at capturing the long-term secular trend of SME IT spending and managed services growth. The multiple vectors of growth in our business and disciplined cost management all help drive our performance. We aim to operate an all-weather business model that drives continued revenue and profit growth. Now let's review our first quarter financial results and then discuss our financial outlook for the remainder of 2023. The revenue in the first quarter was $99.8 million, representing 10% year-over-year growth or 13% on a constant currency basis. Subscription revenue was $97.4 million, also representing approximately 10% year-over-year growth or 13% on a constant currency basis. Other revenue, which primarily represents maintenance revenue from our discontinued perpetual license model, was $2.4 million, up 7% year over year. FX Favorability contributed approximately $600,000 to the revenue beat in Q1 versus our guidance. We ended the quarter with 1,936 partners that contribute $50,000 or more of ARR, a 12% year over year increase. Partners with over $50,000 of ARR now represent 52% of our total ARR up from 48% a year ago. Looking at net retention for the first quarter, which is calculated on a trailing 12-month basis, dollar-based net revenue retention was 103% or 108% on a constant currency basis. Turning to profit and margins, note that unless otherwise stated, All references to profit measures and expenses are calculated on a non-GAAP basis and exclude the items outlined in the GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations provided in today's press release. First quarter gross margin was 84.6% compared to 85.7% in the same period in 2022. First quarter adjusted EBITDA was $32.7 million, representing approximately 33% EBITDA margin. The profit beat was driven by strong cost management and the benefit of the revenue outperformance to the bottom line. Unleveraged free cash flow was $13.9 million in the first quarter. CapEx was $5.6 million, or approximately 5.6% of revenue. Non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.08 in the quarter based on 183 million weighted average diluted shares. We ended the quarter with approximately $98 million of cash and an outstanding loan principal balance of approximately $345 million, representing net leverage of approximately 2.0 times. Approximately 46% of our revenue was outside of North America. Turning to our financial outlook, for the second quarter of 2023, we expect total revenue in the range of $102.5 to $103 million, representing approximately 12% year-over-year growth or approximately 14% on a constant currency basis. The constant currency revenue growth guidance factors in the strength we've seen across the business and the timing of our annual price increases. which increases our second quarter year-over-year growth expectations. We expect second quarter adjusted EBITDA in the range of $32 to $32.5 million, representing approximately 31 to 32% margin. For the full year 2023, we are raising our revenue outlook and now expect total revenue of $414 to $417 million, representing 11 to 12% year-over-year growth, or 12 to 13% growth on a constant currency basis. We are also raising our adjusted EBITDA outlook and now expect full year adjusted EBITDA of 127 to $130 million, representing approximately 31% margin. Regarding foreign exchange rates, we are assuming FX rates for the remainder of the year of 1.06 for the euro and 1.21 for the pound. which has a positive incremental impact of approximately $2 million of revenue on our updated full year outlook. Regarding profit, the adjusted EBITDA raise for the full year is driven by the impact of the incremental revenue to the bottom line and our efficient operational execution. We reiterate that we expect CapEx will be approximately 6% of total revenue for 2023, And we also expect adjusted EBITDA conversion to unlevered free cash flow to be approximately 65% for the full year. We expect total weighted average diluted shares outstanding of approximately 185 million for both the second quarter and the full year. Finally, we expect our non-GAAP tax rate to be approximately 28% in the second quarter and for the full year. Now, I will turn it over to John for closing remarks.
spk05: Thank you, Tim. The new normal in our market is that we, along with our MSP partners, must constantly adapt to the ever-changing nature of the macro environment. And while external circumstances may change, our strategy remains on target. We believe we are well positioned as a critical infrastructure component to help our MSPs take advantage of the durable secular trends that exist, regardless of the economic cycle. The healthy demand we see which industry observers echo, give us confidence that we have the right strategy with the right business model to address the IT complexities, cyber threats, and IT labor challenges that face the industry. So as Tim told you, we are executing efficiently and investing strategically as we aim to deliver both profitability and growth. And our teams are laser focused on keeping ourselves and our partners ahead of the technology curve, able to manage everything, protect and secure their customers, and grow and operate their businesses efficiently. Thank you all for your interest in Enable. And with that, operator, we are ready to take questions.
spk02: Thank you. If you would like to ask a question, then please press star followed by one on your telephone keypad. If you change your mind, please press star followed by two. When preparing to ask your question, please ensure that your phone is unmuted locally. Our first question comes from Mike Setos from Needham & Co. Mike, please go ahead.
spk08: Hey, guys. Thanks for taking the questions here. I wanted to start off with Brian. And first, just looking at the guidance, good to see the strong results here in Q1 as well as the acceleration that you guys are looking for on a constant currency basis with the 14% for 2Q. I was just hoping, could you provide a little bit more clarity, especially on that constant currency? First, what are some of the puts and takes you're looking at on the product front? Especially, I know you guys have been talking more about, let's say, Cove with the success and the traction it's seeing, as well as the comment that you had in your prepared remarks on the outlook reflecting the timing of annual price increases. Can you give us a sense, are the price increases Do they tend to be the same each year, or how is it you guys are thinking about it, especially in this current environment?
spk04: Hey, Mike. Thanks for the question. This is Tim. I'll take a step back and give a little bit of color just on how we approach price increases each year. We really look at a combination of unwinding discounts as well as reviewing kind of list prices across the portfolio. Historically, we've done our price increases in the March timeframe and through COVID and other circumstances that had gotten pushed out to June over the last year or two. And we pulled those back into the April timeframe this year to kind of try to get back towards more of our regular cadence. So that's the more acute impact on the price increase timing from a Q2 perspective, on Q2 more specifically. And then as we think about the overall price increases for the year, this year is a little bit higher than we've done historically, more acutely due to some of the inflationary environment that we've seen over the past 12 to 18 months or so now. So overall for the year, there's about a 1, 1.5% impact from the size of the price increase this year versus last year.
spk08: Got it. And thank you for calling that out. And it makes sense, too. I mean, we've seen it across our coverage as far as companies pushing some of these price increases given the inflationary environment. The second part of the question is more of a, I guess, geared towards John, but a two-porter, if you will. First, again, just on Cove, is there any way to think about the traction that you guys are seeing? Is there a particular customer or profile, or do they need to have a certain maturity curve before code starts to really resonate? Or what is it you guys are seeing on that front, just given the consistent messaging and traction for that product? And then separately, but this goes back to your opening remarks, there's a lot of hype around Gen AI right now, obviously. And I know that you guys are talking about the consistent drumbeat of cybersecurity threats. I would think that the cybersecurity adversary continues to become more advanced because of what generative AI is actually unlocking. And if anything, I think it's probably fair to assume that almost pushes SMEs and MSPs more in your direction, but wanted to see how you guys are using GenAI on your side to ensure that you're helping your MSPs as they navigate these cross-currents. So a lot to unpack there, but if you could shed any light, it would be helpful. Yeah, sure, Mike.
spk05: Hey, how are you? This is John. Yeah, a lot to unpack. Let's do it step by step. So on Cove, you know, Cove is disruptive, both for the MSP and for us. It's disruptive because of the architecture. It's cloud first, which means, number one, on the security front, there's not an appliance or a vector to attack for the bad guys. Number two, because of our approach with true Delta technology, in other words, we're only looking at the change and not necessarily having to back up the restore. The amount of storage that we require is much less than our competitors. Therefore, the process time, the backup time is much less. Overall, Mike, it's just a better TCO for the MSP. So the MSPs are spending less hourglass time, spending less on software, and it's a better solution. The solution appeals to all levels of maturity of the MSP. Okay. Now, did we announce today today we announced uh advancement in our disaster recovery as a service and as i mentioned in my prepared remarks i'm in prague with about um 400 other folks in the msp ecosystem and so my my answers will be somewhat biased to the conversations i've been having in the last couple of days earlier today i had a conversation with an msp from scotland they have about 1200 servers and virtual machines 300 of which So they're using Cove for about a quarter of their installed base. And when I asked why is it that they're not using Cove completely, he said they were dependent on us building out more of our standby image and disaster recovery offering. And now that we're continuing on that journey and developing more of a disaster recovery, a continuity plan for these MSPs, I expect that we will get better standardizations among our MSPs. So for us, the growth algorithm is twofold with Cove. One, we want to continue to plant the Cove flag in a bunch of MSPs across the globe. And those can be MSPs that have our RMM or those MSPs that do not have our RMM. Last year, we began leading with Cove because it's such a disruptive technology. And then number two, it's through standardization. And disaster recovery is a big component of that, giving our MSPs now the comfort and confidence that they now can have everything that they're covered with code. That can be Office 365, and you can see by the traction and our prepared remarks, that's been a success. And now with the disaster recovery, I'm expecting to get better standardization across the footprint. So that's on code. Look, on security, that's another big hot topic here in Prague, right? MSPs, and the story's changed, and I talked about this a little bit in my prepared remarks. What's happening more and more is that MSPs and their customers and their customers' customers are now because of compliance of regulatory reasons needing to make sure that they have a layered security bit and the prescription, so to speak, of what good cyber hygiene is being dictated to these small medium enterprises and all these different verticals. What that means for the MSP is they're no longer needing to sell the security. They now just need to help their MSPs, excuse me, their customers, their SME be compliant. And that continues to be a big tailwind. We're seeing the need for SMEs to retain their logs, maintain better files, making sure that they have a cloud-based backup. Things like EDR are now part of that compliance checklist that MSPs need, things like MFA. So the hygiene has gotten much higher. It's creating a bigger tailwind. As it relates to AI and how we use it, look, the name of our game is all about automation and efficiency. And what we tried to do is help MSPs. We've been in the automation game and in the scripting game really from the very beginning. We helped MSPs. We provide them our own scripting and our own automation. And we also provide them a scripting with PowerShell and our automation manager so they can go and build their own automation. So we continue to push on that front. We look at RPA and machine learning. We use data science and ML and machine learning, some of our products today. in particular in some of our mail and other security offerings. So it's a part of our DNA. We'll continue to invest and lean in there, and we'll continue to leverage the technology to better serve our MSPs.
spk08: That's great. Thanks for the color, John. And just one correction on my side. Tim O'Brien, sorry, I haven't had enough coffee today, and I guess I'm just crossing wires, but I think I called you O'Brien earlier. So apologies for that. We'll turn it over to my colleague. Oh, good night.
spk02: Thank you. Our next question comes from Jason Adler from William Blair. Jason, please go ahead.
spk01: Yeah, thank you. Morning, guys. Just wanted to get first a sense of how macro is manifesting in the business right now. Is it affecting expansion, new customer ads? Is there anything kind of geographically going on? Just any kind of broader commentary on the macro impact on the business?
spk05: Hey, Jason, thank you for the question. Look, and again, I'll use a little bit of my recency bias, but it's a great heat map of what's going on. Here at Prague, we have MSPs from 18 different countries, including North America, obviously the U.S. and Canada, and as far away as New Zealand and Australia and South Africa. So a bunch of different continents, a bunch of different countries. And honestly, the sentiment is pretty consistent. Their MSPs are growing both organically and inorganically. Their growth algorithm is a healthy mix between adding new customers and adding services. The heat map here is where they're adding services continues to be around security and data protection. And so that roughly really aligns with where we're seeing our growth. Data protection and our security offerings continue to outpace our overall bit. And so, I'd say overall the demand for the MSPs world is quite high. Unlike a lot of other industries, Jason, where there might be some headwinds in markets, things related to labor shortage or cybersecurity or even cloud optimization, for MSPs, that's an opportunity. One MSP that's in the UK, what they told me earlier today, was that their projects in Q4 of last year began to slow down. And so the second half of the last year from a project-based slowed down, but their recurring revenue and the recurring service was strong. And now they've seen an uptick in projects being initiated in the first half of 23. And those projects usually are good feeding ground for ongoing managed services. So the recurring revenue continued to be strong in 2023. Their projects seem to slow. This is from a couple of different MSPs that I spoke to. but now that they're seeing that demand and uptick as well. So that's some of the anecdotes that have been on the floor over the last couple of days here in Prague.
spk01: Okay. I guess, I guess what I was getting at just in terms of the macro is, um, there's been obviously credit tightening and I was wondering if that's impacted, um, I don't know, new MSP starts or expansions or MNA. I don't know. It just, it seems like credit tightening should be having an impact. on the SMB market and just, I mean, it doesn't sound like it's material for you, but that's what I was getting at.
spk05: No, okay, sure. So on the debt side, you know, it's not that material. What we're hearing a little bit is the number of M&A deals beginning to slow slightly as far as the MSPs and from some of the conversation, but the same with the quality of the deal They're seeing valuations maintained. So it's not really having that much of an impact. And Jason, remember, the service that these MSPs provide are mission critical. So these are not shops that get over levered. These are not small, medium enterprises and MSPs in general. They're not using debt maybe as much as some of the hyper businesses or hyper growth type of businesses. So they're not, I'd say, seeing that. I'm sure they're feeling that if they have any type of variable type of debt. but by and large not seeing any impact on our demand or on their demand.
spk01: Okay, great. And then the second question just is on competitive landscape, and I'm sure there's some kind of cross-currents there. If you could just try to talk us through, especially on whether you think you're gaining share relative to both some of the incumbents, the bigger players than you, and then some of the newer entrants where we've heard some, you know, some momentum from some of these, um, up and coming players. And so maybe just, uh, you know, paint the picture for us.
spk05: Sure. With, um, with our rebrand of Cove that we did about a year ago, uh, we're getting much, uh, you know, we're definitely improving our, our share of voice in the market. And we're seeing that whether it be in a, uh, you know, a Reddit forum or a different type of marketplace. And we're seeing it in our numbers. So our Cove customer acquisition is definitely on the rise. We're definitely taking market share from some of the bigger players, both traditional MSP vendors, Jason, but also backup and disaster recovery vendors that are not focused on the MSP. So we're winning on both fronts, on the MSP-focused guys and on the generalist. And that's for backup. Our endpoint detection and our EDR continues to roar. On RMM, there's two halves of the market. There's the low end. And to your point on some of the new players, we, a little bit over, I think we mentioned this to you guys before, but maybe about a year and a half ago, we're seeing a slowdown in our new customer acquisition at the low end. And we repackaged with Insight. And we did a bunch of improvements on our workflows and brought in three solutions into one. And so with the repackaging and the repricing and the work that we've done, we actually saw a pretty immediate reversal and we're now winning market share in the low end. And on the high end, we continue to do well there. Our central platform services the large MSPs quite well. We win because of our breadth and depth of our offering. We win because of our automation. and we win because of our layered security integrated approach. So we continue to see strong market share results there. I'd say no new news on the high end of RM. We continue to make the progress that we want to make and continue to gain the market share.
spk01: Okay, great. Thank you.
spk02: Thank you. Our next question comes from Matt Hedberg from RBC Capital Markets. Matt, please go ahead.
spk07: Thanks. Good morning, guys. Thanks for the question. Strong results, and obviously, John, your comments on a strong demand environment I think certainly is great to hear. I guess, Tim, the question for you is on the guide. You raised the full-year revenue guide by more than the Q1 beat, which is great, but I'm just kind of curious – know what kind of gave you the confidence to to take that full year range up even more than what you'd be versus just say passing it through or and other companies are just sort of maintaining a full year after a q1b just maybe a little bit of comment on sort of the thought process on the full year guide yeah absolutely matt um it's a combination of two things um one it is the strong demand environment that that john touched on that that we've continued to see
spk04: in the market. And the other piece, and I touched on in the script, is the FX rates. We've assumed higher FX rates for the remainder of the year than we did at the onset when we gave our original full-year guide. That, in fact, is about $2 million on the updated full-year outlook. And the balance of that is due to the demand environment that we're seeing from an operational perspective.
spk07: Got it. Okay. Helpful. And then Obviously, the profitability is great as well. You know, thoughts on hiring? You know, is it easier to find talent these days? You know, and how are you trying to balance, you know, this sort of durable growth with obviously a very profitable model as the year progresses?
spk04: Yeah, absolutely. I would say we've had more success, probably more acutely in the R&D hiring part of the equation. I would say that was a more challenging spot 18 to 24 months ago. We've seen that improve as we've looked to lean in and invest heavier in engineering and dev throughout 2023. So I would say we have seen an improved environment from a hiring perspective. And we've touched on kind of where our investment focus is as we go into 2023, and that is more acutely in the R&D part of the P&L from our perspective.
spk08: Got it. Thanks, guys.
spk02: Thank you. Our next question comes from Brian Essex from J.P. Morgan. Brian, please go ahead.
spk06: Oh, yeah. Good morning, and thank you for taking the question and nice results for the quarter. I was wondering maybe if we could start with managed EDR and maybe adjacently kind of what you're seeing from the kind of host of new products that you've rolled out over the past quarter or so. But specifically, I guess, for managed EDR, I'm interested to see or interested to learn what percentage of incremental new revenue might be attributed to managed EDR? And do you have a sense of, obviously it's still early stages, but any expectations for what that might represent in terms of revenue mix over the next several years?
spk05: Thanks, Brian. This is John. Yeah, it's definitely too early to start talking about managed EDR as a separate line item. And historically, we really don't break out our products by revenue line. It's early days, right? I think we launched it last quarter and we've been getting good traction. We gave that anecdote in the prepared remarks where we upsold that one customer and half of that was MDR. And so why do we believe it'll have such good traction? It's actually a couple of different angles. Number one, for MSPs that feel that EDR might be a little bit too complicated for their technicians or might be too time-consuming, adding this managed layer where they're able to leverage an expert to provide some of the human in the loop, so to speak, is a great value prop for them, right? For a couple of more bucks per device per month, they can now go add the service and relieve their team of that burden, and it helps their overall efficiency and profitability. So for those folks, it's helpful to And then for the folks that are using EDR today, again, it's an efficiency play. They can go, they can scale and now grow their business in a couple of different ways. So we think it'll help the low end of the market that might be a little bit apprehensive to help manage endpoint detection and response. And then for those that are a little bit more sophisticated, they know that they can leverage this outsourced expert and gain some time efficiencies. And so we expect that this will be a strong adoption. As far as offerings, we continue to work with SentinelOne on a couple of different things. We're looking at additional SKUs. And just to compare 2023 with 2022, you know, we didn't bring many new products to market in 2022. And in 2023, with Vigilance and, excuse me, with the managed EDR offering and with disaster recovery with Cove and a couple of these other offerings, You know, we believe that will help our MSPs add a layered security and help them drive more efficiency and obviously help our growth algorithm, right? The more offerings we can bring to market, the faster we can help our MSPs expand, the better that net retention number is, the better that overall growth story is.
spk06: Got it. And how do you think about EDR going forward from a services perspective? I mean, is there... Do you get a lot of leverage out of the headcount that you have there? Do you anticipate you might see a little bit of margin pressure from that? Or are initial indications that this might just be kind of like a low single-digit percentage of revenue going forward, so it may not really have that much of an impact to the hiring and margin front?
spk05: So, look, I'd say we look at the overall margin from the portfolio view, and we know that certain offerings have a little bit stronger gross margin than others, but really it's about driving the LTV. And just to be clear, because we have a lot of three-letter acronyms in this business, so EDR is the software, and then managed EDR is the service that we attach. And we're leveraging actually Sentinel-1 for both and we're leveraging their scale and their SOC and their AI to drive an efficient solution to the MSPs. And then what we do is we integrate this in a way for our MSPs in our RM. So our MSPs now can both do endpoint monitoring and management and endpoint security in one dashboard. And that's the value add and that's why MSPs love consuming data the EDR offering through Enable because it's that single pane of glass, that command and control, and still that powerful EDR technology that Sentinel-1 leverages. And then we layer that on top with basically the Sentinel-1 managed service to provide MSPs that extra level of control and comfort. So that's the mix, and that's how we go to market. And it's been a success. And as we mentioned, I think we have well over 1.4 million customers devices that are currently being protected with EDR today.
spk06: Got it. Got it. That's helpful. And maybe on the OpEx side, you know, I think an expected increase in R&D expense. How are you thinking, like, how robust is the roadmap there? How might we anticipate ongoing hiring? You know, it looks like you're getting leverage particularly out of, like, G&A. Um, but you know, with respect to R and D, um, just to kind of build an expectations there as it's kind of growing at a higher pace than revenue.
spk05: Sure. Sure. So Tim and I, uh, for, for years now, and I'm actually coming, I just passed my 10 year anniversary in this space, um, for years now manage the business more from that rule of that rule of type of approach, right. That aspiring to be that rule of 50 and where we can lean in and invest. to to drive long-term durable growth that's what we're going to do it and in our space we have these msps and what they tell us overwhelmingly regardless of the country regardless of the market that they're in is they would love to consume and buy products from us they trust our brand they trust that if it's built purpose built for them it will help them scale it will help them grow and so for me one of the best things we can do is continue whether our own ip like cove or our mail offering or a password management offering or through integrations with enterprise grade software bringing more products to market so we'll continue to lean in r d as long as we see the opportunity and we do see the opportunity we've increased our our r d spending cove we've increased our r d spend monitoring we've increased via acquisition and through internal investment our investment in cloud and cloud management And we believe those will have positive returns. So we're going to continue to lean in R&D. We believe it's a massive opportunity for the MSPs. We're still in early innings here. And we'll continue to do that. And we'll get scale and continue to drive our businesses. And as our collective revenue snowball gets bigger, we'll be able to get scale in some OpEx areas. And R&D over time will get scale just as we get more and more, you know, as that top line continues to grow.
spk06: Got it. That's helpful. Maybe last one for me on Cove. Um, so it sounds like great traction there, um, particularly with, um, you know, backup disaster recovery. What do you think you might have in terms of opportunity in adjacent markets like governance and data management, uh, or data migration, uh, particularly as, you know, maybe the true end point, like the true end customers might, might be migrating from like on-prem to cloud. Um, You know, some peers like an AvePoint, for example, have migrated into some of those areas, but maybe that's because they're more enterprise focused. But I'm just wondering, you know, what adjacencies might you have on top of what or next to what you've already done on the cove side?
spk05: Sure. It's a good question. When we think adjacencies as it relates to cove, Really what pops up is selling in direct to some of the mid-market and small, medium enterprises directly. We don't talk about this this much, but we have a good part of our customer base come to us direct saying that they're looking for a data protection offering or unified endpoint management offering direct because they're not using an MSP, or they want to co-manage the option, which is also helpful for MSPs. You know, one of the big areas that we're looking at for Cove in particular is around directly into those bid markets. You know, on a couple of quarters ago, we talked about winning large internal IT departments. And a lot of times that's led by Cove. And the Cove solution fits very elegantly in that medium and midsize enterprise. And so that's an area that we're looking at from a go-to-market and channel point of view to potentially lean in a little bit there and accelerate our Cove story there as well.
spk08: Very helpful. Thank you.
spk02: Thank you. Our final question comes from Keith Backman from BMO. Keith, please go ahead.
spk03: Hi. Thank you very much. I wanted to ask about the growth algorithm that you're thinking about. And the first part of it is, if you think about over the next two years, organic or driving that R&D line, versus acquisition versus partners, so to speak, with SentinelOne or others. How do you think about the key drivers to expanding your portfolio? And the other side of that question, you mentioned, you know, your debt is at two times. What's your comfort level and kind of going, or what's your strategy kind of going up or down on that as we're, you know, interest rates are a little bit higher, but I just wanted to get your feedback on how should we be thinking about the portfolio expansion over the next call it two years and the, you know, the three levers are organic, um, partner and MNA, uh, and then the corollary game on, on debt. You know, how do you see what's your comfort on either expanding or contracting at that level? Thanks.
spk05: Sure. Great question. And look, just to bring it up a level, right? The, the, the three, uh verticals if you will that that we continue to play in the service that we provide to our msps are monitoring and management data protection and security and uh i'd say um we continue to look to expand on all three of those different verticals uh and and how we choose to and what the mix is really depends on where the offering is and it's and it's what i'll call in its hype cycle what is that best profile and most importantly what's the best way to service When we looked at endpoint management, excuse me, endpoint security, this is now five or six years ago, back then we called it next generation AV. Today it's more commonly known as EDR. And when we looked at that and where that was in a type cycle, it was early days. We knew that there were companies across the globe investing millions of dollars into research and development. And we knew we wouldn't be able to compete with that level of research investment And we wanted to make sure that we were providing an elegant solution to our customers, and we decided to partner with SentinelOne. And so when we look at that, we're constantly looking at whether or not we can provide the best solution for our customers. If we think it's right in our whale house, in our core competency, then that's obviously IP that we want to acquire or build ourselves. If it's something that's maybe better served where our North Star customers is to help make this more efficient for MSPs and integrating and working with an enterprise grade software company is the best thing for our customers. So a lot of times it's really what's out in the market. What's the best way that we can service our customers over the longterm and keep it just as an example, you know, we acquired spin panel because they're in the monitoring and management of cloud assets. So that monitoring and management is core to what we do. And we believe we can do build that better than everyone. So we acquired that asset to get a little bit of a head start, great team, great IP, and now we're going to continue to invest. And as we look at different security offerings, we may choose to acquire if that fits our R&D kind of profile or investment thesis. But if not, this enterprise partnership is a tremendous success. I call it a quad win. It's a win for the MSP. It's a win for the small-medium enterprise. They have an enterprise-grade software. It's a win for our partner, in this case, as an example, Sentinel-1, because we've just opened up access to their TAM. They were not going after the small medium enterprise and we gave them access via our 25,000 MSPs. And it's obviously a win for Enable. We get a richer LTV, a better relationship with our customers. We help them be secure. So if we can find a quad win like that, that fits our profile, we're going to do that. As far as the leverage, I think Tim and I are comfortable where we're at. And if we would, if we find a, you know, a better use for our capital, i.e. via an acquisition that fits our thesis of servicing these MSPs and helping them, whether it be monitoring and management, security or data protection, that we believe it has a long-term durable benefit for our customers, we're willing to make that acquisition. And if that means increasing either using our balance sheet and the cash position we have or some debt, we have a revolver, we're willing to do that as well.
spk03: Okay, terrific. Let me just ask a follow-on question. Sorry, go ahead. Yep.
spk04: I was just going to add a little bit of color on that. I think from a leverage standpoint, we're very comfortable in anything south of three times. But as John touched on, for the right asset, the right strategic asset, I think we'd be comfortable kind of flexing above that for a shorter period of time. And then from a growth algorithm standpoint, as we look across the different vectors of retaining customers, better. That's part of the strategy, and we think there's room for improvement there on the gross retention bit. Looking at the net retention bit, John kind of touched on the different vectors of either building, buying, or partnering and bringing new products to market. You know, we've built and brought a bunch of new products to market in 2022. We've partnered on the MDR front. We acquired from a spin panel perspective. So we're tapping on all three of those vectors from bringing new products to market and then, you know, continuing to expand and focus on market share on the new. So all three of those avenues from a growth perspective have opportunity for us to improve and accelerate growth.
spk03: Okay, terrific. You just sort of led into my more specific question on how should we be thinking about the gross and net retention rate as we go through the year versus the 108 slash 103 that you reported this quarter?
spk04: Yeah, I think looking at where we're at from a From a constant currency growth perspective, where the guidance is at, I would expect things to stay pretty steady from a constant currency perspective. The currency was more of a headwind from a reported standpoint in 2022, as there is a lot of fluctuation there. But focusing more on the constant currency bit, I would expect things to stay pretty consistent from a gross and net retention standpoint throughout the year as it relates to the guidance.
spk03: All right. Well, consistent is good in this backdrop. So I appreciate the questions. Thanks very much. Cheers.
spk08: Thank you.
spk02: Thank you. That is now the end of the Q&A session. So I'll now hand you back over to John Pegluka for closing remarks.
spk05: Listen, thank you all for joining us on this quarterly earnings, and we appreciate your ongoing interest in Enable. And I'll be signing off from Prague, so take care.
spk02: This concludes today's call. Thank you for joining. You may now disconnect.
spk05: ...earnings, and we appreciate your ongoing interest in Enable. And I'll be signing off

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