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Teradata’s Q4 and FY 2023 Financial Results

Teradata's Q4 and FY 2023 Financial Results

The News: Teradata announced fourth quarter (Q4) and full year (FY) 2023 earnings earlier this week. For the full press release click here.

Key metrics from Teradata’s latest earnings include:

  • Q4 public cloud annual recurring revenue (ARR) of $528 million, an increase of 48% as reported and 46% in constant currency from the prior year period
  • Cloud net expansion rate of 124%
  • Total revenue was $1.833 billion versus $1.795 billion, an increase of 2% as reported and 4% in constant currency

Teradata’s Financial Results

Analyst Take: Teradata has been a stalwart of the data analytics operations of the Fortune 500 and with a recent pivot to a fully cloud-powered model with Vantage, it is starting to look a lot like stock market darlings such as Databricks and Snowflake when it comes to its ARR and cloud expansion rates, despite the stock price reaction after the earnings.

As Teradata unveils its Q4 and FY 2023 financial results, the narrative is one of significant achievement and forward momentum, particularly in cloud computing and AI. The company, a long-term player in the data analytics and cloud sectors, has once again demonstrated robust growth and a strategic vision that aligns with the evolving needs of the digital economy.

Q4 Highlights: A Cloud-Driven Story

Teradata’s Q4 earnings illuminate a company that is not only thriving but also starting to gain traction in the competitive cloud landscape. The public cloud ARR saw an impressive increase of 48% as reported and 46% in constant currency from the prior year period, reaching $528 million. This growth signifies Teradata’s expanding influence in the cloud domain, a testament to its strategy pivot and the increasing trust from its customer base.

The cloud net expansion rate stood at a solid 124%, underscoring the company’s success in retaining and expanding its client engagements. The financial metrics further reveal a robust health company with FY cash from operations of $375 million and a free cash flow of $355 million. Particularly noteworthy is the FY share repurchases amounting to $308 million, showcasing a return of free cash flow of 87%.

FY Reflections: A Strategy Bearing Fruit

2023 has been a pivotal year for Teradata, marked by a strategic pivot to focusing on a cloud-driven model with Vantage, and with this starting to be reflected in the financial results. During the earnings call, President and CEO Steve McMillan highlighted that the company’s tenfold growth in cloud ARR in less than 4 years, solidly positioning the cloud as a growth engine for Teradata. This moment is pivotal as companies globally leverage AI to drive innovation. Teradata’s emphasis on trusted data and analytics as its core competencies is more relevant than ever, serving as the foundation for breakthrough innovations across industries.

The financial outcomes of 2023 reflect a company that is growing and delivering value to its shareholders. The commitment to return 87% of free cash flow to shareholders is a strong testament to this. Looking forward, CFO Claire Bramley’s announcement to maintain a return of free cash flow target at 75% in 2024, with an aim to achieve over one billion dollars of cloud ARR by 2025, sets an ambitious yet achievable goal.

Future Outlook: Sustained Growth and Innovation

Despite the market’s reaction after the earnings call, a clear strategy and a focus on long-term growth underpin Teradata’s outlook for 2024 and beyond. The company anticipates public cloud ARR growth of 35% to 41% year-over-year (YoY) in constant currency. This, along with expected total ARR growth of 4% to 8% and recurring revenue growth of 1% to 3%, illustrates a path of steady progress.

The anticipated GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) and non-GAAP diluted EPS ranges for 2024 underscore Teradata’s confidence in its financial health and operational efficiency. Moreover, the projected cash flow from operations and free cash flow further signify the company’s robust financial planning and commitment to sustainable growth.

Teradata’s success is not just in numbers but also in its strategic vision and the tangible outcomes it delivers for its clients. The company’s focus on being the leading hybrid multi-cloud analytics and data platform company for trusted AI is more than a goal—it is a reality being actualized through innovative solutions and strategic partnerships.

The company’s cloud-first profitable growth strategy, validated by a cloud net expansion rate of 124% and the significant portion of cloud customers operating in a hybrid environment, reflects Teradata’s pivotal role in the data and analytics ecosystem. The emphasis on trusted solutions for data and analytics challenges aligns perfectly with the demands of the modern digital landscape, especially as the adoption of AI and machine learning accelerates.

Looking Ahead

As Teradata looks to the future, its role in empowering the AI-driven enterprise becomes increasingly critical. The company’s strategic investments in technology and innovation, particularly with Teradata AI Unlimited, Vantage, and partnerships with leading cloud providers, position it uniquely to support customers’ AI journeys.

Teradata’s commitment to innovation and its strategic focus on cloud analytics and data platforms sets a solid foundation for its continued growth. The company’s ability to navigate the challenges of the digital economy while delivering value to its customers and shareholders alike is a testament to its resilience, strategic vision, and operational excellence.

In summary, Teradata’s 2023 financial results and forward-looking strategies reflect a company that is thriving in the present and poised for continued success in cloud-powered analytics and AI era. With a clear focus on cloud growth, AI innovation, and customer success, Teradata is well-positioned to lead the charge in the data analytics and cloud computing spaces, driving value and innovation for its customers and stakeholders in 2024 and beyond.

Disclosure: The Futurum Group is a research and advisory firm that engages or has engaged in research, analysis, and advisory services with many technology companies, including those mentioned in this article. The author does not hold any equity positions with any company mentioned in this article.

Analysis and opinions expressed herein are specific to the analyst individually and data and other information that might have been provided for validation, not those of The Futurum Group as a whole.

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Author Information

Regarded as a luminary at the intersection of technology and business transformation, Steven Dickens is the Vice President and Practice Leader for Hybrid Cloud, Infrastructure, and Operations at The Futurum Group. With a distinguished track record as a Forbes contributor and a ranking among the Top 10 Analysts by ARInsights, Steven's unique vantage point enables him to chart the nexus between emergent technologies and disruptive innovation, offering unparalleled insights for global enterprises.

Steven's expertise spans a broad spectrum of technologies that drive modern enterprises. Notable among these are open source, hybrid cloud, mission-critical infrastructure, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and FinTech innovation. His work is foundational in aligning the strategic imperatives of C-suite executives with the practical needs of end users and technology practitioners, serving as a catalyst for optimizing the return on technology investments.

Over the years, Steven has been an integral part of industry behemoths including Broadcom, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and IBM. His exceptional ability to pioneer multi-hundred-million-dollar products and to lead global sales teams with revenues in the same echelon has consistently demonstrated his capability for high-impact leadership.

Steven serves as a thought leader in various technology consortiums. He was a founding board member and former Chairperson of the Open Mainframe Project, under the aegis of the Linux Foundation. His role as a Board Advisor continues to shape the advocacy for open source implementations of mainframe technologies.

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