Are SaaS companies burning less cash? We looked at the net dollar retention of every SaaS company that has IPO’d since October 2017 (64 companies). The data is below and shows a that indeed companies are cutting costs and operating margin is improving. In Q1 2022, operating margin on median was -30%. As of Q4 2022, the operating margin has improved to a median of -21%. So, over three quarters in 2022, operating margin improved by 9 percentage points. The dollar data below is in millions.
If the goal is truly profitability, it will be quite a long haul. The first dollar of cost is much easier to cut than the last dollar, and we do expect gains in operating margin to slow. We do not expect the sector to attain profitability on median, but the efficiency at which these companies grow will improve to the point where investors once again get excited about the space. Those that cant improve to an acceptable level will likely be acquired at attractive valuations.
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