Q1 FY 2024 Trading Update
12th October 2023
Darktrace plc Q1 FY 2024 Trading Update
28% YoY revenue growth in quarter, confirming FY 2024 expectations
Darktrace plc (DARK.L) (together with its subsidiaries, "Darktrace" or "the Group") a global leader in cyber security AI, today provides a trading update for the three months ended 30th September 2023.
Operating and Financial Performance
At its FY 2024 constant currency rates(1), Darktrace's Annualised recurring revenue ("ARR") at 30th September 2023 was
With the first quarter typically being the smallest sales quarter of Darktrace's financial year, it chose this period to deliver new sales and product training, alter targeting and sales tactics and workflows, revise commissions plans, and introduce other significant changes to its teams and Go-to-Market approach. As expected, these actions impacted first quarter sales, however, Darktrace believes these are the right steps to best capture what remains a large market opportunity and is seeing the early signs that provide it with confidence in that outlook.
During Q1 FY 2024, Darktrace added Net constant currency ARR of
Revenue for Q1 FY 2024 was
(1) The Group's primary currency exposures are the British Pound and the Euro converting to its US Dollar reporting currency. For FY 2024, its constant currency rates are 1.2682 and 1.0908 for the Pound and the Euro, respectively.
(2) Darktrace's USD ARR at 30th September 2023 was
FY 2024 Outlook
Darktrace is confirming its expectations for year-over-year constant currency ARR growth of between 21% and 23%, implying FY 2024 net ARR additions of between
Darktrace also confirms its expectations for year-over-year revenue growth of between 22.0% and 23.5%, an Adjusted EBITDA margin range of 17.0% to 19.0%, and Free cash flow ("FCF") in the range of 50% to 60% of Adjusted EBITDA.
Cathy Graham, CFO of Darktrace, said:
Though recent changes to our Go-to-Market teams and tactics had the expected, noticeable impact on first quarter sales, our long-term contract model, which dampens the effect of short-term sales swings, allowed us to maintain sizeable ARR and revenue growth. More importantly, we started to see early signs that the transformations we have been targeting are starting to take hold.
Previously, we said two key targets for investment were increasing focus on larger prospect opportunities and driving deeper engagement with the partner channel. I'm pleased that in both cases, the first quarter delivered early, but clear, indicators of gaining traction. In the first quarter, meetings held with prospects having over
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Luk Janssens - Investor Relations Darktrace
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Sophia Martin-Pavlou - Financial Communications Manager
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