Intuit Corp (INTU) Q1 2020 Earnings Call Transcript

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Intuit Corp (NASDAQ:INTU)
Q1 2020 Earnings Call
Nov 20, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good afternoon. My name is Latif and I will be your conference facilitator. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to Intuit’s First Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] After the speakers’ remarks, there will be a question-and-answer period. [Operator Instructions]

With that, I’ll now turn the call over to Kim Watkins, Intuit’s Vice President of Investor Relations. Ms. Watkins?

Kim WatkinsVice President of Investor Relations

Thanks, Latif. Good afternoon and welcome to Intuit’s first quarter fiscal 2021 conference call. I’m here with Intuit’s CEO, Sasan Goodarzi; and Michelle Clatterbuck, our CFO.

Before we start, I’d like to remind everyone that our remarks will include forward-looking statements. There are a number of factors that could cause Intuit’s results to differ materially from our expectations. You can learn more about these risks in the press release we issued earlier this afternoon, our Form 10-K for fiscal 2020 and our other SEC filings. All of these documents are available on the investor relations page of Intuit’s website at intuit.com. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

Some of the numbers in these remarks are presented on a non-GAAP basis. We’ve reconciled the comparable GAAP and non-GAAP numbers in today’s press release. Unless otherwise noted, all growth rates refer to the current period versus the comparable prior year period and the business metrics and associated growth rates will refer to worldwide business metrics. A copy of our prepared remarks and supplemental financial information will be available on our website after this call ends.

And with that, I’ll turn the call over to Sasan.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Great. Thanks, Kim and thanks to all of you for joining us today. I hope you’re all doing well. We had a very strong start to fiscal year 2021. First quarter revenue grew 14%. Total revenue growth was driven by 13% growth in the Small Business and Self-Employed Group, while Consumer Group and ProConnect Group revenue was in line with our expectations in a seasonally small quarter. This is a great start to the year in a challenging environment, which reinforces the resiliency of our platform.

We are growing more confident in how our business is performing in the current environment, although macro uncertainty remains. We continue to see recovering trends across our platform with many QuickBooks indicators back the pre-pandemic levels. Therefore, I’m happy to announce that we will provide guidance for fiscal year 2021, which Michelle will cover in more detail later.

At our September Investor Day, we shared the acceleration of innovation, driven by our AI driven expert platform strategy and our five Big Bets, highlighting our growth potential. During the platform emerging experience, we demonstrated progress against each big bet. What I’d like to do is highlight a few of the innovations and cover big bet number one last, as it accelerates innovation across our platform and is foundational to the other bets.

Our second big bet is to connect people to experts. We’re solving on the largest problems our customers face, lack of confidence by connecting people to experts with TurboTax Live and QuickBooks Live. We grew the number of TurboTax Live customers on our platform by nearly 70% last season, while increasing our expert product recommendation scores by 4 points. The team is hard at work as we prepare for the season ahead. We’re also proud of the progress we’ve made with QuickBooks Live, which is built on the same expert platform. We already have more than 600 experts serving customers today, with some of these experts serving both tact [Phonetic] and small business customers.

Our third big bet is to unlock smart money decisions. We expect our pending acquisition of Credit Karma to be more important than ever as we work to help consumers save money, get out of debt and have faster access to money. We expect to complete the acquisition before the end of this calendar year.

Our fourth big bet is to become the center of small business growth by helping our customers get paid fast, manage capital, pay employees with confidence and grow in an omnichannel world. 60% of small businesses struggle with cash flow. QuickBooks cash help small businesses manage working capital by providing visibility into their financial picture, while providing them with the ability to move money instantly and ensure their money is working for them, all while leveraging the built-in accounting of QuickBooks.

We launched QuickBooks Commerce in September to better serve the 1 million product-based businesses on our platform by providing inventory and order management tools they need to grow their businesses in an omnichannel world. We’ve also identified 6.4 million product based businesses in the US, UK, Canada and Australia that could benefit from this solution. And we’ll innovate with high velocity to take advantage of this market opportunity. It’s still early with both QuickBooks Cash and Commerce, but we’re encouraged by what we’re seeing.

Our fifth big bet is to disrupt small business mid-market with QuickBooks Online Advanced and the features that we’re introducing to individually tailor the offering to the needs of small businesses with 10 to 100 employees at a disruptive price point. We doubled our QuickBooks Online Advanced customer to 75,000 in fiscal year 2020 and we’re continuing to build on this momentum. We continue to pursue our premium app strategy and introduced integrations with Salesforce and HubSpot. We now have two of the largest CRM solutions available for our customers.

And finally, our first big bet, revolutionize speed to benefit enable us to put more money in our customers’ pocket to eliminate friction and deliver confidence at every touch point by using AI and customer insights. Last year, we increased use of AI and increased the number of models deployed across our platform by over 50%, tripled the speed of delivery on our modern development platform and increased mobile application deployments by 60%. We’re building on this momentum this year as we innovate rapidly to solve our customers’ biggest problems.

Across all of our big bets, we’re building momentum and accelerating innovation which we believe positions us well for durable growth into the future. We also believe the current environment continues to act as an accelerant to these bets. Most everyone is looking for virtual solutions, small businesses are accelerating their shift to online and omnichannel commerce and both consumers and small businesses are looking for ways to put more money in their pockets.

So to wrap up, I’m excited about the opportunity we have ahead of us and now let me turn it over to Michelle.

Michelle ClatterbuckExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Sasan. Good afternoon, everyone. For the first quarter of fiscal 2021, we delivered revenue of $1.3 billion. GAAP operating income of $209 million versus $10 million last year. Non-GAAP operating income of $334 million versus $129 million last year. GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.75 versus $0.22 a year ago and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.94 versus $0.41 last year.

Turning to the business segments. In the Small Business and Self Employed Group, revenue grew 13% during the quarter. Online Ecosystem revenue was up 24% during the quarter. Growth slowed from Q4 reflecting the lagging impact of lower retention during fiscal 2020 and the lapping of price increases which began during the middle of Q1 last year. Additionally, Q4 included 4 points of growth from non-recurring revenue from the Paycheck Protection Program.

Our strategic focus within Small Business and Self Employed is to grow the core, connect the ecosystem and expand globally. Our longer-term expectation remains 30% or greater online ecosystem revenue growth, driven by 10% to 20% growth in both customers and ARPC. First, we continue to focus on growing the core. QuickBooks Online accounting revenue grew 28% in fiscal Q1, driven mainly by customer growth and mix shift. We began lapping a partial quarter of a price increase last year, driving slower year-over-year growth versus last quarter.

Second, we continue to focus on connecting the ecosystem. Online services revenue which includes payments, payroll, time tracking and capital grew 17% in fiscal Q1. Within payments, revenue growth reflects continued customer growth, along with an increase in charge volume per customer. Within payrolls, we continue to see revenue tailwinds during the quarter from a mix shift to our full service offering and growth in payroll customers.

Third, our progress expanding globally added to the growth of Online Ecosystem revenue during fiscal Q1. Total International Online revenue grew 51%. Desktop Ecosystem revenue grew 3% in the first quarter, while QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise revenue grew mid-single digits. Desktop Ecosystem revenue growth also reflects the benefit of additional revenues from license updates and tailwinds from previously announced price increases in various products, not fully reflected in the year ago quarter. We do not expect these tailwinds to recur in future quarters. Consumer Group revenue grew 19% in Q1. Looking ahead to the upcoming tax season, we continue to focus on our strategy to expand our lead in DIY, transforming assisted segment with TurboTax Live and disrupt consumer finance.

Turning to the ProConnect Group, revenue grew 21% in Q1, in line with our expectations. Let me turn to our acquisition of Credit Karma. I’m looking forward to welcoming the Credit Karma team to Intuit and we’re excited about the unprecedented benefit we can deliver for customers. I want to remind you that we continue to expect the acquisition to be accretive over time. However, Credit Karma’s business was negatively impacted over the last seven months, as lenders tightened access to credit due to economic uncertainty related to the pandemic.

The business continues to recover after reaching a low point in June, with monthly revenue in October close to pre-COVID levels. Therefore, we expect the acquisition to be modestly dilutive to non-GAAP earnings per share in fiscal 2021 and neutral to modestly dilutive to non-GAAP earnings per share in the first full fiscal year after close in fiscal 2022. We’re looking forward to all the innovation that we can deliver together for customers.

Turning to our financial principles. We remain committed to growing organic revenue double-digits and growing operating income dollars faster than revenue. We take a disciplined approach to capital management, investing the cash we generate in opportunities that yield an expected return on investment greater than 15%. We continue to focus on reallocating resources to top priorities, with an emphasis on becoming an AI driven expert platform. These principles remain our long-term commitment through we recognize that we may not be able to achieve them in the current environment or directly following the close of the Credit Karma transaction.

Our first priority for the cash we generate is investing in the business to drive customer and revenue growth. We consider acquisitions to accelerate our growth and fill out our product roadmap. We return excess cash that we can’t invest profitably in the business to shareholders via both share repurchases and dividends. We finished the quarter with approximately $5.8 billion in cash and investments on our balance sheet. We expect to use approximately $3.6 billion of cash to fund part of the consideration for the Credit Karma acquisition.

We did not repurchase any stock during the first quarter, as we temporarily suspended share purchases in conjunction with the Credit Karma acquisition. Approximately $2.4 billion remaining on our authorization and we expect to be in the market in the future. The Board approved a quarterly dividend of $0.59 per share payable January 19, 2021. This represents an 11% increase versus last year.

As you may have seen, we reached an agreement to settle the class action litigation regarding the IRS Free File Program. We have agreed to pay $40 million to put this matter behind us. By entering into this settlement, which is subject to court approval, we’re not admitting any wrongdoing. Also as I shared at Investor Day, Intuit is the target of a law firm whose standard approach seems to involve making a demand that companies pay a settlement amount to the law firm instead of paying fees associated with arbitration. An increasing number of companies are facing similar tacts [Phonetic] by the same law firm.

We recorded approximately $10 million in arbitration fees for Q1 of fiscal 2021 and $14 million in fiscal 2020. We’ll be disclosing in our 10-Q that Intuit could incur arbitration fees of approximately $400 million related to those claims in future periods. We’re in the process of disputing these fees and we believe this is going to abuse the arbitration system. If the court approves the settlement that I mentioned earlier, we believe it may significantly reduce exposure to math arbitration claims being brought against us.

Moving on to guidance. While macro uncertainty remains, we’re growing more confident in how our business is performing in the current environment. Our guidance for fiscal 2021 includes revenue growth of 8% to 10%, GAAP earnings per share of $7 to $7.15, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $8.40 to $8.55. Our fiscal 2021 guidance includes the 110 basis points of operating margin expansion as we’re starting to see the leverage of our platform, which I shared at Investor Day.

We expect a GAAP tax rate of 23% and a non-GAAP tax rate of 24% for fiscal 2021. This compares to a GAAP tax rate of 17% and a non-GAAP tax rate of 23% for fiscal 2020. These increases are driven primarily by state and IRS changes to the R&D tax credit, an expected decrease to our excess tax benefits per share-based compensation. This equates to an impact of $0.53 to our GAAP earnings per share and $0.11 to our non-GAAP earnings per share guidance for the higher tax rate.

Our Q2 fiscal 2021 guidance includes revenue growth of 8% to 9%, GAAP earnings per share of $0.89 to $0.92 and non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.31 to $1.34. You can find our full Q2 and fiscal 2021 guidance details in our press release and on our factsheet. One final note on Q2, we’re lapping a full quarter of a price increase in Q2, which we expect to negatively impact Small Business and Self Employed revenue growth by a couple of points. And also shortly after we close the Credit Karma acquisition, we will hold a call to discuss our revised guidance.

And with that, I will turn it back over to Sasan.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Great. Thank you, Michelle. Team, I’m very proud of our organization and all that we’ve accomplished together and I’m very optimistic about the future. So with that let’s now open it up to your questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from the line of Ken Wong of Guggenheim Securities. Your line is open.

Ken WongGuggenheim Securities — Analyst

Great. Thank you for taking my question and a really solid start to the year, guys. When looking at the guidance specifically the SMB guidance, one might infer that you guys have removed the W and WW macro scenarios off the table, is that the right way to think about it or is it just purely that your business has held up much better and the realities are we still may run into those, but if we do it, it will tilt toward this new 8% to 10% lower end?

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. Hey, Ken. Good to hear from you. I think the best way I would describe it is, one, we’re actually seeing how resilient our platform is and how small businesses are using our platform in this pandemic. I think to be positive that it just gives us confidence as we look ahead in terms of how small businesses are going to be able to maneuver through this current environment. So we’re primarily going off of the key indicators that we see that are both leading and lagging and that is really what has given us confidence to provide the guidance that we’ve given. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see how things play out with the health crisis and the impact of the economic crisis, but given just what we’re seeing in our business that’s really what’s informed the — our guidance that we shared today.

Ken WongGuggenheim Securities — Analyst

Got it. And if I could squeeze on in for Michelle. As you mentioned, the EBIT guidance is looks like the margin expansion will be give or take a 100 basis points or 110 basis points. And you did previously mentioned see more leverage going forward, is this the right level of margin expansion that we should be expecting as we look ahead?

Michelle ClatterbuckExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Hi, Ken. Thanks. Going to our financial principles, that really is the long-term commitment that we have and that includes growing revenue double-digits and growing operating income faster than revenue. And so we — as I mentioned, yes, we do expect to see 110 basis points of expansion excluding Credit Karma. As I shared at Investor Day though, as we continue to evolve to more of an AI driven expert platform, we do see opportunities for margin expansion across the P&L and those opportunities can be in the areas of technology where we’re increasing the velocity of development on our actual technology platform, so we can deliver faster and also using products and services across the company.

We also see that in customer success where we’re scaling a common customer success platform that drives efficiency and effectiveness serving across all products. And then also in go-to-market, we’re able to leverage a common infrastructure, so that we can more effectively target customers and manage our sales and marketing processes. So we do continue to see opportunities for us to expand margins going forward.

Ken WongGuggenheim Securities — Analyst

Great. Thanks a lot guys.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Thanks, Ken.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Keith Weiss of Morgan Stanley. Your question please.

Keith WeissMorgan Stanley — Analyst

Excellent. First question, I was hoping to ask I’m not sure if you guys are going to comment on this was just a current status update on your expectations on timing for Credit Karma number one. And number two, whether all the sort of constituent pieces of Credit Karma are expected to come along because there were some speculation in the press that they might be selling off their tax business, any chance you could comment on either of those?

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. Sure, Keith. Good to hear from you. First of all, we do have pretty high confidence that we will close Credit Karma by the end of calendar year, so that’s the first point. I think the second point is, as you know, we don’t comment on rumors, but it’s important to reinforce that the whole premise behind the Credit Karma acquisition was what we could do together to create a consumer finance platform and it wasn’t for the tax business. And so I think I will just leave it at that, but nevertheless we’re really excited and can’t wait to close this, so we can start doing amazing things together for consumers.

Keith WeissMorgan Stanley — Analyst

Got it. If I could maybe sneak in one last one since that last one like half of the answer, in the broader platform within SMB when you’re going into stuff like cash, when you’re trying to do more that the commerce back in, how is this changing your competitive environment, have you seen a significant sort of change in kind of who you’re going up against or sort of how you have to position that the solutions for these newer solutions?

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. Hey, Keith, thanks for calling me out. [0:04:26] In terms of your question, it’s that interesting timing are, we had QuickBooks Connect actually which is where we have thousands of small businesses and accountants and partners to get and of course this one was far, far bigger than it ever has been, because it was all virtual. And we rolled out a lot of our innovation, but particularly to answer your question we also rolled out QuickBooks Commerce and QuickBooks Cash to our customer base or at least gave visibility and awareness.

And the feedback was just through the roof, because if I start with accountants, the accountants were very excited because now they can recommend QuickBooks the product based businesses and they love how QuickBooks Commerce works for product based businesses and they love the fact that they can in essence help a small business to run their business through the platform. And two small businesses that were product based businesses they love commerce and by the way they — we got a raving review on QuickBooks Cash, which is just a simple app or you can send and receive money to be able to run your business.

And I would say, from a positioning standpoint, we’re not doing anything differently in terms of going up against others, what we’re really focused on is the customer problem and how we’re raising awareness and in fact our team has done some great work in the month and the year ahead what you’ll see is we’ll be in essence going to market with digital assets that helps small businesses understand that we can truly be the source of truth for their entire business versus the source of truth for their books and from an accounting ones. And so it’s more about what we’re doing to raise awareness and shape the market versus doing anything differently given who we’re going up against, this is frankly it’s no different than what it’s been in the past.

Keith WeissMorgan Stanley — Analyst

Okay. Got it. Thank you very much.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

All right. Thanks, Keith.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Michael Turrin of WF Securities. Your line is open.

Michael TurrinWF Securities — Analyst

Hey, there. Thanks for taking the question. Appreciate it. On guidance and the decision to bring that back, obviously, the bigger focus now is on small business. But looking ahead to tax, I mean you previously mentioned tough comps from the strong top of funnel activity you saw last year still guiding for 9% to 10% growth is the starting point there this year. Can you just help maybe frame out the base case there and maybe your confidence around ability to further monetize that uptick you saw this past year?

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. Sure, Michael. Very good to hear from you. First of all, as we talked about last quarter, our biggest uncertainty was around the macro environment and the impact of small businesses and how our platform would perform in the times of uncertainty. So we’ve just learned a ton, one, all the credit to small businesses in terms of just their passion to do whatever it takes to survive. But then two, us better understanding how they use the platform to be able to deliver for customers. And so given that and given that where we started experiencing businesses opening across the company, our confidence is at improved level than it was a quarter ago.

With that said, to your question around tax, we’re bullish about our strategy and we’ve continue to be bullish based on the results that we’re seeing and particularly it’s driven by two primary areas, one is who we focus on and then the second is how. The who we focus on is, we’ve doubled down several years ago on serving investors, serving self-employed and serving the Latin ex-market all of which we are under-penetrated. And then two really going after the market, the assisted market and those that are looking for more confidence with TurboTax Live. And so, although our comps compared to last year are tough comps, we do have confidence in our execution, our trajectory and that’s really what inform the guidance that we provided.

Michael TurrinWF Securities — Analyst

Got it. That’s all clear. Certainly a nice start to the year. Thank you.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

All right. Thank you very much.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Jennifer Lowe of UBS. Your line is open.

Jennifer LoweUBS — Analyst

Great. Thank you. I wanted to drill down on the international growth because of the 51% was a pretty impressive number and I think at Analyst Day you exited fiscal ’20 with around 14% growth in subs, obviously, pricing has been a pretty strong lever. So can you just maybe break down or sort of decompose the components of that 51% growth, how much of that is potentially an improvement in the subscriber count that you’re seeing there versus just continued success on pricing initiative?

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. Hi, Jennifer. Good to hear from you. It’s both, very consistent with what we shared at Investor Day. We continue to see strength in the UK and Canada. And we are seeing some of the emerging markets that we’re focused on like Brazil and France really start their acceleration even in this current environment. And so really it’s a combination of being very focused on who we pursue with what products we pursue. And then also really intentional about pricing and frankly a lot less discounting, especially in places like Canada and UK where we created a network in fact with small businesses using us recommending us, with account using us and recommending us and so. We don’t have a discount as much to get our names known. So it’s very similar to what we talked about which is — it’s combination of customer growth and ARPC growth in the RPC growth lot to do with what we’re selling and a lot less discounting.

Jennifer LoweUBS — Analyst

Great. And maybe just one more from me. See, a little while ago over the summer as the world was changing with COVID-19, you like many other companies took some actions to sort of de-emphasize some of the less growth e-businesses and then plan to bring back that head count over time in some of the growthier parts of the business. I’m just curious where you are in that process at this point maybe specific to the margin guidance? What’s the assumption on the pace of getting back into the hiring group on your business and cost structure?

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. Sure. Just for a quick time tax, there are a couple of areas where we felt like we need to double down in context of the bets that we’ve declared, it’s the type of talent that we are pursuing both in creating a modern operation in our customer success, but also the type of experts that we want to bring into customer success. And then in technology, it was more systems engineers, infrastructure engineers, cloud engineers that have lots of experience in building complex systems in the cloud.

And we are aggressively hiring in those areas because they ultimately are very important and serving the bets that I talked about earlier in a lot of our innovation. We’ve been talking about like commerce, cash, advance etc. So we feel good about the our hiring ramp and I think I would just really focus on the guidance that Michelle talked about which includes about 110 basis points of margin expansion and all of our approach to hiring is all embedded in the guidance that we provided.

Jennifer LoweUBS — Analyst

Okay. Great. Thank you.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Thank you, Jennifer.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Sterling Auty of JP Morgan. Your line is open.

Sterling AutyJP Morgan — Analyst

Just one question from my side, you talked about the headwind from renewal rates from previous quarter impacted this quarter’s revenue. Can you just give us an update, what did you see in terms of renewal rates through this quarter in the Small Business franchise?

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. They’re actually the tailwinds or the headwinds in three buckets, one is, overall we shared at Investor Day, our retention dropped by couple of points based on what we saw in the March, April, May timeframe. That along with lapping a price increase and actually not taking price action deliberately, plus the impact from acquisitions in those same month is really what impacted our growth rate for the quarter that you see here. Our view is effective the second quarter will be probably the lowest point of the year for the Small Business Group for the same exact reasons that I just mentioned. As you know, we don’t break out quarterly attrition and retention rates, we share once a year at Investor Day. So those are the main drivers.

Sterling AutyJP Morgan — Analyst

That makes sense. Thank you, guys.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

You’re very welcome.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Brent Thill of Jefferies. Your line is open.

Brent ThillJefferies — Analyst

Thanks. Sasan, if you could just talk about the shape of the recovery in SMB that you’re seeing and the conviction level you have that that continues. Can you just give us a sense of how are you seeing that progress? And then, I just had a quick follow-up, you were showing the TurboTax full opportunity saying website you removed, it seems really interesting in terms of the opportunity to outsource everything to you. Can you just walk through your intentions for that solution this year. Thanks.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. Sure, Brent. Good to hear from you. In terms of the shape of the recovery, it’s actually quite consistent with what we shared at Investor Day. Most of our indicators are back to pre-pandemic levels, but charge volume is still several points lower, the number of companies running payroll is still several points lower. So, although things have recovered, the reality is things are still below pre-pandemic levels. I think where we have more confidence, Brent, is now we are actually seeing how our platform is really how resilient it is and how it’s delivering benefits for customers in these very tough times, plus the innovation that we have across the platform. So just seeing how the platform is playing out and seeing the impact of our innovation is actually what gives us even more confidence. And from a recovery standpoint not much has changed in the last six weeks and what we shared at Investor Day.

So, turning to your second question, we’re actually — when you think about transforming the assisted segment and really helping customers either taxes [0:05:22] with confidence, there are those that used to do it themselves, but one point in time, they may want to hit a button and get an expert to come talk to them review their return to gain confidence. So those that from the beginning may choose to have help along the way and pick TurboTax Live as an actual offering right off the bat. And then there are those that may start and decide what I just want you to do my taxes for me which is a lot of what we were testing in the last several months. And our plan is to actually launch the platform with all of those capabilities come — this coming tax season, which by the way is right around the corner.

Brent ThillJefferies — Analyst

Thank you.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. Thanks, Brent.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Siti Panigrahi of Mizuho. Your line is open.

Siti PanigrahiMizuho — Analyst

Thanks for taking my question. I just wanted to ask about in the trends you are seeing in terms of new customer acquisition because we saw this recent Q3 data, census data those record number of small business creation in Q3, I think 1.6 million versus average of 800,000. So I guess most of this could be potentially QuickBooks customer. So how should we think about this opportunity and the current trend of this new customer acquisition?

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. Siti, good to hear from you and a really good question. As I mentioned, there are a few of our key metrics that have recovered quite nicely, but they’re still below the pre-COVID level like charge volume and Payroll. Acquisition is one that’s actually rebounded quite nicely and we’re actually benefiting from some of what you shared, which is more new business formation. So that’s probably a metric above and beyond all of them, that is probably more under green and we’re benefiting from some of that recovery.

Siti PanigrahiMizuho — Analyst

Great. Thank you.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

You’re very welcome.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Brad Zelnick of Credit Suisse. Go ahead.

Yaoxian ChewCredit Suisse — Analyst

Hi, everyone. This is Yaoxian [Phonetic] for Brad. Thanks for taking my question. It’s a little bit specific, but also philosophical here and it’s around QuickBooks Commerce in the specific topic of discounting. I understand it’s a new solution and you want mass market adoption, but when I go to the website, it shows 92% of monthly list price for the first 12 months of service, I’ve never seen anything like that in software before, I guess what’s the thought process here especially it sounds like you’re being more thoughtful around optimizing for discounts in other areas of your business.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. Sure, Yaoxian [Phonetic]. Good to hear from you and very good question. Two things, I would say one is, we are actually very intentionally qualifying customers top of the funnel to ensure that we only bring in customers that we can deliver against our expectations given just we literally just launched the platform. Interesting enough, one thing that we’re seeing as customer want to use it so bad, they go back to the top of the funnel and changes our answer so they can qualify for. So the demand is quite high. I think you may have fallen into one of our test cells, there’s a lot of different things that we’re testing, different business models, different pricing. So I don’t exactly know what you fell into, but it sounds like you fell into a test cell.

Yaoxian ChewCredit Suisse — Analyst

Got it. Thank you. The other bit I guess around 9% to 10%. I’m sorry the QuickBooks and Small Business growth scenario there, just thinking about exogenous factors that may result in upside or downside, does hypothetical government stimulus package how does that help churn business creation and how to think about that flowing through to your model?

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. The stimulus I would say no pun intended to that really going to be a big stimulus for small businesses, it’s not going to make a difference between them going out of business or not. I’ll hit on one element of your question, which is the range of the guidance. The low end of the guidance is really driven from how restrictive the States becomes, how restrictive the country becomes beyond what we’re all seeing which is you now no longer although every state is a little different, you no longer can go into a fitness center, it’s only if it’s outside you can go inside at all. Now schools like the New York Public Schools disclosed against everybody has to go work from home that has implications with the local economy. So the low end of the guidance is more how restrictive things get and then the impact on small businesses because we feel quite confident in our execution and of course the high end is the, I would say the trends that we’re experiencing and seeing right now, that’s how we thought about it.

Yaoxian ChewCredit Suisse — Analyst

Got it. Very helpful. Thank you.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. Very welcome.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Arvind Ramnani of Piper Sandler. Your line is open.

RamnaniPiper Sandler — Analyst

Thanks for taking my questions. I just wanted to one of the tone changes I picked up at your recent Analyst Day was kind of really focusing on increasing revenue per customer. Just want to see if that was kind of something that you’re looking to do to really increase revenue per customer and how you’re planning to approach it over the next couple of years?

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Sure, Arvind. Good to hear from you. Let me just play back to your question, because you were cutting in and out, I want to make sure I’m answering the question that you’re asking. I think your question was, we talked about revenue per customer increasing at Investor Day and you’re just wondering how we plan to achieve that, did I played out that correctly?

RamnaniPiper Sandler — Analyst

Yes.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Right. I would say couple of Uber messages, the first one is, it’s because of the incredible innovation on the acceleration of the innovation from the team that’s really going after delivering benefits that customers care about most. So if I decompose that with a couple of examples, what I would share is QuickBooks Live has the potential to increase revenue per customer, the volume is not of course at the same rate but the revenue per customer is. When you look at QuickBooks Advanced which comes with that serving much larger customers, that has an opportunity and does move the needle when it comes to revenue per customer.

And then there is the services, the services that go with QuickBooks Live, the services that go with QuickBooks Advanced. And then within all the services that we provide payments, payroll, T-sheet and now with the integration of T-sheet and payroll — payroll full service, these services and the innovation and the impact themselves also deliver more revenue per customer. So when you put all of those together, those are the biggest drivers of increased revenue per customer, which is driven by the innovation that the team is delivering for customers.

RamnaniPiper Sandler — Analyst

Great. Terrific. And just a quick second question from me, how transformative is your relatively new integrated CRM solution, should we expect this to be a big revenue growth driver or is it just another proof point of differentiated offering?

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

I think it’s just another important innovation and benefit for customers on our QuickBooks Advanced platform. Again, when you think about these customers, I’m assuming you’re talking about like HubSpot and Salesforce and these customers that are between 10 to 100 employees and even larger than that, they are looking for CRM solutions. So we invested quite a bit of time with — I’ll use HubSpot as an example to really deeply integrate the fact obviously doing the demo several days ago and it’s a really cool experience for our customers. So this is — it just positions us and allows us to not only serve our existing customers will QuickBooks Advanced, but also penetrating get new customers.

RamnaniPiper Sandler — Analyst

Great. Thank you very much.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

You’re very welcome.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Scott Schneeberger of Oppenheimer. Your question please.

Scott SchneebergerOppenheimer — Analyst

Thanks. Good afternoon. I was hoping just one for Michelle, if you could elaborate please on the mix shift driving in QuickBooks Online accounting. If you could delve in a little deeper primary drivers and sustainability you foresee there. Thanks.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Sure, Scott. I’ll jump in, if there’s anything Michelle wants to add, she can jump in. It’s very similar to what I just shared with Arvind. First of all, I’ll start with the headline of it’s very sustainable, we’re just getting started. And when you look at the mix that gets driven by the platform with QuickBooks Live, it gets — another one is QuickBooks Advanced and both of these come with them services like payments and payroll and T-sheets and then apps like HubSpot as an example that allows us to drive a mix shift. And so those are just examples and then QuickBooks Commerce, which really gives us the opportunity to serve product based businesses that we’ve serve for years in desktop, a million product based businesses that we have on desktop now we have an opportunity to serve these customers with QuickBooks Commerce.

So those are the drivers and then the last one I would say countries where we get the product market fit like Canada and UK. We have an opportunity to expand the services that we provide and at higher prices and don’t have to discount as much because our names are out there, the experience it goes viral and therefore more customers want to use it. So those are the drivers of the mix shift and ARPC shift and that’s quite durable.

Scott SchneebergerOppenheimer — Analyst

Okay. Thanks for that. And then as a follow-up, I’m just curious just your viewpoints on small business failures, obviously you feel confident enough to give guidance and we’ve heard a lot of good things in discussion stimulus as well, but just anecdotally what are some of the things that you’re seeing and we feel that the economy is around the corner to the extent you can speak to that. Thanks.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Sure. Two things, I would say. I think the most important lever for small businesses is we got a lead thoughtfully through this health crisis because leading thoughtfully through the health crisis will enable the country and the globe to actually bring jobs back and reduce unemployment. Those are the two largest levers that will impact small business failures. And as we talked about at Investor Day, our retention dropped a couple of points because of the failures that we experienced. I think those two levers that I mentioned plus at fiscal stimulus not just more stimulus money, but a fiscal stimulus along with getting out of this health crisis and ultimately getting back to lower unemployment is going to really drive the long-term health of that small businesses.

Scott SchneebergerOppenheimer — Analyst

Okay. Thanks.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

You’re welcome.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Kirk Materne of Evercore. Your line is open.

Kirk MaterneEvercore — Analyst

Yeah. Thanks very much. Sasan, why don’t if you could dive a little bit deeper into the sort of announcement today of HubSpot and maybe just your view on whether or not small businesses are now looking a little bit more for a one-stop shop. I mean, you guys obviously have financials, you added commerce and this obviously expands you in the CRM and marketing with them. So is the feedback that you’ve been getting that this is like we want only till with one vendor to really help us manage your business from customer acquisition through refinances, through commerce, I mean because that’s where it seems like and do you think the market is moving there in a faster way do to COVID? Thanks.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. You’re very welcome. I would focus more on the customer pain that we are after. One of the things that we’re really focused on is one to help our customers grow and two, to be able to serve product based businesses because even in service based businesses, traditionally, we’ve not solved the problem of helping them grow and get more customers well. And so this integration with HubSpot, with Salesforce is really an example of solving the problem of — with our platform we can help you grow your business, so we can help you get paid, we can help you do payroll. We can give you access to capital. We can help you with time tracking of course, now we can help you set up on multiple different channels and being able to run your product based business.

So we’re really focused on the customer problem and one of the things I preach probably more than that world wants to hear at Intuit is, let’s not focus on just creating a one-stop shop because that’s not how a customer thinks, the customer thinks I need to solve my problem, can you solve this for me? With that said, we are seeing more and more customers begin to use our platform to be able to run their business and we’re seeing more and more customers tell us, hey, can you do some integrations with the following applications to be able to help me grow my business.

So those are the — it’s very customer back driven and it’s now several years of us being in the cloud where we’re building up the platform to the point where you don’t need to go anywhere else, you can run your entire business on our platform, which is exactly the same thing we’re looking to do on the consumer side, we want a consumer platform or you can do your taxes, get early access to your paycheck, connect the financial products that are right for you and truly reach financial freedom. And so it really it’s consistent with what we’re trying to do across the company for customers.

Kirk MaterneEvercore — Analyst

That’s great. Thank you very much.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. You’re very welcome.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Kartik Mehta of Northcoast Research. Your line is open.

Kartik MehtaNorthcoast Research — Analyst

Michelle, how are you? Sasan, you’ve talked about QuickBooks business and not raising prices, obviously considering the economic environment we’re in. Do you think that same philosophy will apply that the tax business or the tax business different? And do you think there is some different leverage points and price would be available for the upcoming season?

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah, Kartik. Good to hear from you. I would think about this in a couple of dimensions, both commerce and small businesses, we actually now have offerings that are disruptive and they disrupt higher price alternative. So when you look at QuickBooks Live the price that customers have to pay with QuickBooks Live is actually a lot less than what they pay with if they have to go directly and find their own bookkeeper or enrolled agent. And you look at QuickBooks Advanced, we are actually at a disruptive price, but yet have a lot of opportunity in terms of what we can do with pricing.

Changing those for TurboTax Live were a much lower cost alternative than going to somebody’s home or store to get your taxes done. So I think the way I would think about it is, there are segments and customers we may intentionally given the environment and not do price increases, but then there are certain segments of the customers where we will because we’re actually very disruptive and far lower priced alternative. So that’s the way we approach and think about it internally.

Kartik MehtaNorthcoast Research — Analyst

Thanks, Sasan. Really appreciate it.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Chris Merwin of Goldman Sachs. Your question please.

Chris MerwinGoldman Sachs — Analyst

Okay. Thanks very much for taking my question. I think you all talked about the online Ecosystem getting back to 30% growth over time. And I guess if you look at the ’21 guidance for the segment as a whole, we assume desktop is flat, I think it would imply that QuickBooks Online would be maybe high teens growth for this coming year. It sounds like their trends are very much getting back on track for QuickBooks Online. So, just curious how you think about the progression back toward 30% plus growth over time for that segment. Thanks.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. Sure, Chris. First of all, as you heard Michelle mentioned, our — we have every intention over time to get back to 30% plus online revenue growth and that will happen really by two levers. One is our continued innovation to deliver value and the portfolio we now have. And two, it’s a recovery of small businesses. Although, our platform has demonstrated to be resilient, it’s important to know that we’re not out of this pandemic and we need to make sure that we get through this health crisis and get unemployment back down and get to a more healthy economy in the combination of our innovation and getting to a better place in terms of the economy will allow us to get back to that 30% and a lot of that is what informs the guidance that we provided.

Chris MerwinGoldman Sachs — Analyst

Okay. Great. Thank you. And then maybe one just quick follow-up, I wanted to ask about QuickBooks Advanced just in terms of how that’s doing lot of — to your expectations in the current environment, are you seeing customers holding back on some of the larger system upgrades say relative to SMB, I mean or is that not the case. Just curious how you characterize the strength you’re seeing in that business right now?

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. I would say it’s actually doing well. At Investor Day, if you recall we talked about now we have 75,000 customers and that’s 100% growth year-over-year. And we’re seeing both customers upgrade to QuickBooks Advanced that our existing customers and we’re actually seeing new customers come in that have been using a bunch of different apps and manual processes and they use QuickBooks Advanced and they see it as an advantage to be able to grow their business. So we’re actually and because it’s disruptive in terms of price versus alternatives, we are not seeing any holdbacks and we’re actually seeing the benefit of what a platform can do, that’s a disruptor especially those small businesses that are deciding me manually running my business is no longer going to work, I need to move to the cloud especially because of the COVID environment and QuickBooks Advanced becomes an accelerant.

Chris MerwinGoldman Sachs — Analyst

Okay. Great. Thanks so much.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

You’re very welcome.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Michael Millman of Millman Research. Your question please.

Michael MillmanMillman Research — Analyst

Thank you. Perfect. Turning to numbers, roughly correct, there is about 100 million taxpayers who pay about a quarter of a trillion that’s, it was a like TurboTax dollars for no or zero return, just kind of wondering this kind of opportunity may be for you, what if anything you’re doing now to get some of this money funneled into something that’s earning or Credit Karma doing anything, does the IRS kind of stand up there and say, don’t you dare full with all this money, maybe you can help us think about this?

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Sure, Michael. Yeah. Let me, take a shot at this to see if this addresses your question. First of all, we do see a very large opportunity, but the way we look at it is that there are about 86 million people that go to somebody else to have their taxes done and they spend about $20 billion or more to get those taxes done. We just see a huge opportunity to be able to serve those customers with a digital platform where we can bring the help to their place of home or office at their convenience at a much lower price and provide them the confidence that they need to get the maximum refund. So we do see the same opportunity that you do, our figures are a bit different than what you were articulating, but that’s really what we are pursuing with our live platform.

Michael MillmanMillman Research — Analyst

I was actually kind of thinking of no refund, don’t pay more than you need to, invest that money.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Got you. I think I understand what you’re asking, that the whole purpose of our vision of what we’re — what we want to do to create a consumer finance platform is to give consumers choice, it’s to give them choice to connect to financial products like loans and insurance and credit cards that are right for them. It’s to be able to give them choice when they get their tax refund. If they want to put it in a high yield savings account, if they want early access of their tax refund and so actually want early access to their paycheck to give them more choice because we have the ability with using their data with their permission to give them insights that otherwise they wouldn’t get plus by the way if they wanted an expert to help them, we’ll provide some advice. We could also help them, but that’s our vision on what we want to do with our big bet three, which is unlock smart money decisions and of course that’s where Credit Karma comes in and can really fuel that vision and we’re excited about it.

Michael MillmanMillman Research — Analyst

So if you’re thinking more after tax payers get a refund rather than saying you shouldn’t — there shouldn’t be a refund, you should be using that money more productively and lending it to the IRS.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yeah. Well, the refund in the consumers money, so what we’re — it’s money that’s theirs and they’ve earned it and they should get the refund, it’s about how we help the consumer with what they can do with their refund is really our mission.

Michael MillmanMillman Research — Analyst

I see and just quickly, the guidance you gave that is before Credit Karma or does it include Credit Karma?

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yes. That is excluding Credit Karma because we have not yet closed Credit Karma and as Michelle mentioned, once we do close Credit Karma we will actually have another call and we will update our guidance and it will include Credit Karma.

Michael MillmanMillman Research — Analyst

Okay. Great. Thank you very much.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

You’re very welcome.

Michael MillmanMillman Research — Analyst

Be safe.

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Thank you. You too.

Operator

And ladies and gentlemen, I’m not showing any further questions, would you like to close with any additional remarks?

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Yes, I’ll be brief. Thank you everyone for your questions and wish everyone that celebrates Thanksgiving, a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving and we’ll speak to you very soon and enjoy your holidays. Thank you.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 57 minutes

Call participants:

Kim WatkinsVice President of Investor Relations

Sasan GoodarziChief Executive Officer

Michelle ClatterbuckExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ken WongGuggenheim Securities — Analyst

Keith WeissMorgan Stanley — Analyst

Michael TurrinWF Securities — Analyst

Jennifer LoweUBS — Analyst

Sterling AutyJP Morgan — Analyst

Brent ThillJefferies — Analyst

Siti PanigrahiMizuho — Analyst

Yaoxian ChewCredit Suisse — Analyst

RamnaniPiper Sandler — Analyst

Scott SchneebergerOppenheimer — Analyst

Kirk MaterneEvercore — Analyst

Kartik MehtaNorthcoast Research — Analyst

Chris MerwinGoldman Sachs — Analyst

Michael MillmanMillman Research — Analyst

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