LOWELL, Mass., 31 Jan, 2018

Kronos Incorporated today announced financial results, company advancements, and customer successes for the first quarter of Fiscal 2018. Kronos recognized revenue for the quarter was $324.5 million. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) increased to $94.9 million1.

“The energy at Kronos has never been stronger,” said Aron Ain, chief executive officer. “The opportunity to truly revolutionize the workforce management industry with the launch of Workforce Dimensions combined with the exceptional growth of our Workforce Ready HCM solution has positioned us for the next 40 years of SaaS success. Nearly 26,000 organizations worldwide leverage a Kronos Cloud solution – including 97 percent of net new customers – as subscription revenue grew 38 percent in the first quarter. A day doesn’t go by where I don’t marvel at the efforts of Kronites around the world to successfully shift our business model these past several years while continuing to grow and deepen long-term partnerships with our customers.”

Launch of Workforce Dimensions Reshapes the Future of Workforce Management

In the most-anticipated launch in the company’s 40-year-history, Kronos unveiled its next-generation workforce management solution, Workforce Dimensions, during the opening session of KronosWorks in November, which was streamed live around the world for the first time.

  • Workforce Dimensions redefines workforce management and pushes the limits of innovation while capitalizing on decades of Kronos customer success around the world, enabling organizations to:
    • Work their way with the industry’s first fully responsive UI, allowing managers and employees unprecedented and customizable control over how they consume information with one-click actions and collaborative self-scheduling to simplify common workflows, empower employees, and remove burdensome administrative tasks from managers;
    • Work smarter by transforming the role of frontline managers through artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced machine learning, leveraging the industry’s first personal digital consultant –Workforce Advisor – proactive compliance, advanced forecasting, and embedded analytics to optimize workforce operations while delivering strategic insights in real-time; and
    • Work in a modern cloud leveraging the Kronos D5 platform, the industry’s first specifically designed workforce management cloud platform with an open API, foundational AI, and lightning fast in-memory computing to meet the challenges of today’s global enterprises.
  • Kronos D5 Platform is being used to develop product extensions and connectors from leading global technology and HCM partners, including Google, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP.
  • Workforce Dimensions early adopters around the world – including Brookstone, GATE Petroleum Company, LondonEnergy, Snyder’s-Lance, Things Remembered, Tru Blu Beverages, and University of Colorado, Boulder – led the charge of high demand in the mere weeks following the KronosWorks announcement and were instrumental in development alongside the wider Workforce Dimensions customer advisory board.
    • Early adopters and technology partners from Google, LondonEnergy, and University of Colorado, Boulder discussed the future of work, workplace technology, and how Workforce Dimensions will reshape both on a Workforce Institute Radio podcast from KronosWorks.

Workforce Ready Innovations Drive HR Growth with Record Small and Midsize Market Success

Workforce Ready, which combines the power of Kronos workforce management with human resources, talent acquisition, onboarding, performance management, benefits and compensation, and payroll into one unified cloud platform, continues to be the fastest-growing part of the business with annual recurring revenue (ARR) up another 52 percent in the quarter for direct sales.

  • Overall deal size for Workforce Ready increased 24 percent as customers increasingly opt for a full suite solution, capitalizing on Kronos’ continued investments in powerful HR- and payroll-focused enhancements with each new product release, including:
    • Employee Perspectives that leverages metric-backed scorecards to provide real-time feedback and performance management specifically for frontline workers;
    • Succession Planning via a talent matrix dashboard to identify and groom top talent to reach the next level in their careers;
    • Position Management to help organizations better manage employees who work multiple roles while providing clearer visibility into recruiting and staffing needs; and
    • Predictive scheduling compliance to help remove guesswork from schedule stability regulations arising in more states and municipalities, such as in San Francisco and Seattle.
  • Workforce Ready had a record first quarter for large ARR deals with small and midsized organizations.
    • Some of the largest Workforce Ready deals in the quarter included: one of the world’s largest manufacturers of pumps, valves, and seals, serving customers worldwide; a global provider of transit services; a North American supplier of fully cooked and ready to cook meats; and a major cargo management, documentation management, and aircraft load and unload provider to airlines in the U.S.
  • The Kronos Workforce Ready Partner Network, which held the 10th annual Partner Community Workshop in November, saw subscription revenue from partners increase 23 percent while nearly doubling the number of new partners added compared to the first quarter of last year.

Workforce Central Enhancements, Integration, and Thought Leadership Spur Global Success

Kronos strengthened its position as the world leader in workforce management with enhancements to its Workforce Central 8 suite while expanding global integration and thought leadership.

  • Two new releases of Kronos Workforce Central 8 brought an array of enhancements to help organizations engage and empower their employees, control labor costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve productivity, including:
    • Scheduling enhancements that make it easier to apply a 9/80 compressed work week to help employees manage work-life balance; contract definitions to ensure employees work a defined number of hours to maintain compliance; and smart scheduling solutions;
    • Advanced HR reporting tools to help human resources leaders make data-driven decisions and identify workforce trends – like performance, hiring, and turnover – before problems arise;
    • Customizable dashboards to provide at-a-glance, detailed visualizations to identify undiagnosed issues potentially lurking in heaps of data;
    • Tools to help mitigate compliance risk of complex international labor laws while expanding the number of standard languages supported with the additions of Hindi and Czech; and
    • Mobile tools and self-service features – including technology that enables an employee’s smartphone to be used as a badge at an InTouch terminal and configurable employee access profiles – to help strike better work-life balance while enabling more control over schedules.
  • Kronos announced an enhanced integration with Kronos Workforce Central and longtime global cloud partner SAP SuccessFactors to further simplify complex and challenging global HCM requirement for multinational organizations.
  • The Workforce Institute at Kronos, a think tank focused on empowering organizations and their employees through education and research, announced the launch of a European chapter on its 10th anniversary with its first European-focused study showing that French and German workers are outperforming their U.K. counterparts.
  • Significant new Workforce Central deals in the quarter included: a multi-million dollar order with one of the world’s largest food, snack, and beverages companies with hundreds of thousands of employees; two separate $1 million+ Workforce Central SaaS orders in healthcare with the leading pediatric hospital in the U.S. plus the first health system serving the state of Nebraska; a Canadian corporation engaged in structures and logistics, electricity, pipelines and liquids, and retail energy; a SaaS deployment in a large Maryland county; a Kronos Cloud deal with one of the top wireless network operators in the U.S.; and a warehouse services company and third-party logistics provider.

Vertical Expertise, Investments Continue to Differentiate Kronos

Kronos’ vertical success – led by the manufacturing sector (up 35 percent) and services and distribution teams (up 23 percent) in the first quarter – is driven by deep industry knowledge and continued investments.

Kronos Celebrates 40th Birthday by Opening New Home, Culture Accolades Break New Ground

Kronos followed on a record year for global accolades honoring its WorkInspired culture of caring and innovation by breaking new ground in Fiscal 2018 for its exceptional employee experience:

First Quarter Customer Success Around the Globe

In the first quarter of Fiscal 2018, Kronos signed agreements with organizations around the world, including: Adidas China, a sport chain retailer with over 300 stores in China; City of Miami Gardens, a city located in north-central Miami-Dade County, Florida; County of Onondaga, a county located in the state of New York; Denton County, a county located in the state of Texas; Eldorado Resorts Inc., a leading casino entertainment company that owns and operates 20 properties in 10 states; Forrest General Hospital, the Mississippi-based flagship hospital of Forrest Health; Froedtert Health, eastern Wisconsin's only academic medical center and regional healthcare network; Joyu Group, a travel services provider in China; Mackenzie Health, a dynamic regional healthcare provider serving a population of more than a half a million people in Canada; Molded Fiber Glass Companies, a diversified, custom molder of fiber reinforced plastic and composite products; Solomon Corporation, the largest full-service transformer repair and recycling business in the U.S.; YT Express, one of the top three logistics companies in China.

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About Kronos Incorporated

Kronos is a leading provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions. Kronos industry-centric workforce applications are purpose-built for businesses, healthcare providers, educational institutions, and government agencies of all sizes. Tens of thousands of organizations — including half of the Fortune 1000® — and more than 40 million people in over 100 countries use Kronos every day. Visit www.kronos.com. Kronos: Workforce Innovation That Works.