OPWR : NYSE : US$17.29
Opower combines big data analytics and behavior science to
provide utilities around the world with cloud-based software
solutions for customer engagement, energy efficiency, and
demand response. The firm was founded in 2007, is
headquartered in Arlington, VA, and trades on the NYSE under the
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Technology — Enterprise Software — Software as a Service
FIRST STEP ON WHAT SHOULD BE A LONG RUNWAY; REITERATE BUY,
TRIMMING TARGET TO $23
Opower posted a good start as a public company with greater upsides than we
expected. The firm’s growth spending should pay off in terms of a long-term
upward margin ramp beginning in early 2015. Meanwhile, in our opinion the
firm remains the definitive leader in consumer oriented energy efficiency and
energy data analytics space. The stock has the potential to deliver significant
returns over the long-run. Reiterate BUY.
An upside out of the gate. OPWR reported total revenues and Adjusted
EBITDA of $28.6M and ($4.3), which were respectively $2.4M and $3.6M
ahead of our estimates. Revenue growth was 50% in the quarter. Calculated
billings of $34.2M were nicely ahead of our $31.6M estimate and up 17%
year-over-year versus a very difficult compare. Cash from operations was a
($2.1M) loss, which was better than our ($4.4M) estimate.
Color from the call. Opower signed a deal with TEPCO in the quarter, which
is Japan’s largest utility (20M households) and the firm’s first major win in
the region. Sales hiring has accelerated to meet C2014 targets, and
management is pleased with the pace and early productivity of new
additions. Recurring revenue loss due to non-renewals has been <5% every
year since inception, which speaks the firm’s high level of visibility.
Outlook: C2014 guidance well ahead of expectations. OPWR provided
guidance for the first time, setting mid-point C2014 revenue and EBITDA
targets that were respectively $5M and $2M better than our estimates. We
now expect the firm to grow revenues ~33% this year, which is up from our
pervious 27% estimate, and report EBITDA losses that are in the mid-20%’s
as a percent of sales – we believe there is still likely ups on both metrics.