Q4 2022 Enfusion Inc Earnings Call
Bradley Herring; CFO; Enfusion, Inc.
Oleg Movchan; CEO & Director; Enfusion, Inc.
Dylan Tyler Becker; Research Analyst; William Blair & Company L.L.C., Research Division
James Eugene Faucette; MD; Morgan Stanley, Research Division
Kevin Damien McVeigh; MD; Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division
Koji Ikeda; VP & Research Analyst; BofA Securities, Research Division
Good morning ladies and gentlemen and thank you for standing by. Welcome to Enfusion's Fourth Quarter 2022 Earnings Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this conference call has been recorded. I would now like to hand you over to our host, Ignatius Njoku, Head of Investor Relations. Please go ahead.
Good morning and thank you, operator. We welcome you to Enfusion's Fourth Quarter 2022 Earnings Conference Call. Hosting today's call are Oleg Movchan, Enfusion's, Chief Executive Officer; and Brad Herring, Enfusion's Chief Financial Officer.
Please note, our quarterly shareholder letter which includes our quarterly financial results have all been posted to our IR website. I'd like to remind you that today's call may contain forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties including those set forth in our filings with the SEC, and are available in the Investor Relations section in our website.
Actual results may differ materially from any forward-looking statements we make today. These forward-looking statements speak only as of today, and the company does not assume any obligation or intent to update them following today's call, except as required by law.
In addition, today's call may include non-GAAP measures. These measures should be considered as a supplement to and not as a substitute for GAAP financial measures. Reconciliation to the nearest GAAP measure can be found in today's quarterly shareholder letter, which is available on the company's website. With that, I'd like to turn the call over to Oleg to begin.
Good morning and thank you all for joining us today to discuss our fourth quarter 2022 results. I'm happy to be here and I'm honored to be addressing you today formally as Enfusion's CEO. I would like to first thank all of my colleagues for the warm welcome that I received in this new role. I'm looking forward to lead Enfusion and I'm energized by the opportunity set that Enfusion is facing today.
I'm also thrilled to welcome Brad Herring and as our Chief Financial Officer who brings along an impressive track record as a public company CFO. I look forward to working with him to position Enfusion for scale that will go through the next stage of our growth.
2022 was a successful year for Enfusion despite market volatility and changing demand environment. We ended the year in a position of strength, demonstrating that Enfusion continues to be a unique combination of high growth and profitability within the vertical SaaS space.
We delivered strong revenue growth, maintained our focus on profitability and margins, expanded into new adjacent markets and won numerous mandates from our key hedge fund managers, institutional investment managers, and asset owners, very focused capital allocation for technology, product, and client services to prepare the company for scale, as we continue our global expansion towards larger and more complex institutional opportunities.
Our fiscal discipline in the second half of the year resulted in margin expansion and enabled the company to generate positive adjusted free cash flows. This all comes from their score, the durability of our business model, and demonstrate our ability to deliver exceptional value for our shareholders.
With this momentum getting into 2023, we plan to maintain and enhance revenue growth and deliver a stable and expanded margin profile. We remain laser focused on delivering exceptionally positive client outcomes powered by the best in class, software and services offering.
Now let's turn to fourth quarter results. We're pleased with this quarter's performance, delivering strong growth driven by disciplined capital allocation. Revenue grew 27% to $40.5 million reflecting ongoing healthy demand and solid execution. Adjusted EBITDA was $6.8 million and represents a margin of 16.7%. This outcome reflects our progress in further improving the company's margin profile and our focus on return Enfusion to its historical profitability.
We generated ARR of $165 million or 30% growth year-over-year. We continue to see strength in new sales across all our products and services. Excluding involuntary churn, net dollar retention was 115.4% as we continue to show meaningful commercial expansion within our existing client base, including involuntary churn, the NDR remain at a healthy rate of 111.5%.
We signed 39 new clients in the quarter ending the quarter with a total of 819 clients. Conversions accounted for 51% of new client wins. As we saw a slight uptick in win rate for hedge fund launches, the launches remained overall down from previous year.
Now let us move the client wins that highlight the powerful value proposition we deliver to the global investment management community. In the Americas revenue again through 19% year-over-year, driven by ongoing client demand in the region.
One of our new clients were excited about is the North Carolina based university endowment. This asset owner is seeking to replace its outdated legacy system with a more efficient end-to-end platform that supports all asset classes and reduces total cost of ownership. By partnering with Enfusion, the investment manager improves its manual workflow and compliance capabilities.
In EMEA, revenue grew 54% year-over-year. We had record bookings level for the region and expect this positive momentum to continue in 2023 as well. I'm pleased to announce that Enfusion won an EMEA based multibillion dollar award shared equity hedge fund. This new hedge fund launch is a spin-off from one of the biggest, well-known global hedge fund platforms. The manager was seeking a robust cloud native platform, which would allow them to accelerate the goal go-live process and support anticipated AUM growth as well as increased complexity.
Enfusion was chosen for its flexible, comprehensive, and modern technology stack coupled with (inaudible) entered mandates. In addition this client was particularly interested in our robust reporting framework and API technology to provide them with flexibility to integrate with third-party vendors.
I'm also excited to announce that we're partnered with a newly launched hedge fund based in the Middle East. This investment manager is supported by a notable sovereign wealth fund and will employ multiple strategies, including equity, fixed income on global macro.
The fund selected Enfusion because of its global reach, and differentiated software and services, particularly our cloud native end-to-end platform, single data stack, and robust API technology stack. Together Enfusion will enable this fund manager to scale and deploy efficient workflows. This one is significant because it demonstrates our success in expanding into the Middle East, an important destination for both capital allocators and hedge fund managers.
Now turning to APAC. We grew revenue by 36% year-over-year as we see healthy demand in the region. I'm thrilled to announce that we entered into an agreement with a multibillion dollar Tokyo based alternative investment manager. This client was seeking to modernize their efficient on premise technology stack which consisted of disparate, outdated and compensated delays.
The investment manager selected Enfusion because of our fully integrated end-to-end platform and our deep understanding of region specific functional requirements that continue to drive our success in APAC. Enfusion will replace their manual error prone infrastructure with our OMS data analytics and accounting capabilities.
As a direct product of such digital transformation the clients significantly reduce the need for internal technology and operational resources and compressed total cost of ownership. This exciting global win further validate our ability to move upstream across all regions, win more conversions and expand them to new adjacent markets, all during times of significant market uncertainty.
Finally, let's talk briefly about a new customer that went live on our platform in the fourth quarter, which is PanAgora Asset Management. With over $30 billion of assets under management, PanAgora is a quantitative investment manager that deploys multiple strategies, including active equity and multi asset quantitative investment strategies. After extensive due diligence, PanAgora selected Enfusion to replace their longtime OMS member with an objective to reduce their Intel's technology footprint and improve the functionality for the growing business.
Enfusion and PanAgora partner during the onboarding streamline legacy workflows and enhanced the Enfusion API capabilities. Now live on the Enfusion platform, PanAgora benefits from frictionless upgrades and a scalable technology that will afford flexibility to continue evolving their business in the years to come.
Turning to product and technology. Innovation is the key pillar for our success. And we're committed to deploy new products and next generation solutions by listening closely to client demands and moving steadily through the adjacent portion of our total addressable market. During the quarter, we rolled out new enhancements and features across our platform to continue to improve the ability and scale and expand functionality.
For example, we released a self service general ledger posting workflow, so the clients have control over closing their books at their own discretion. We'll also continue to develop API's to allow our clients to quickly and easily integrate with our platform. For instance, we have made a series of enhancements to our API capability suite to support creating and updating many trade types within our platform.
The API enhancements were made over the last two quarters, so it brought our API capability more in line with our UI capability and support our systematically inclined clients to really drive scale and efficiency for the platform at large volumes. And other notable enhancements launched this quarter is the new framework for handling bank debt and credit facilities as well as support for initial drawdown logic for revolvers.
Now Enfusion is one of the few platforms that truly models the long asset class properly from the global amount down to the positions. And we can support many of the complex edge cases, including, but not limited to, delayed comp, cost of carry, drawdowns and paydowns, both prorata and non-prorata.
In aggregate, we are well positioned to support our clients' trading and leverage credit strategies, and this has been driving our success in this segment. All in all, we deployed 361 enhancements and new features across our platform during the quarter, further demonstrating our ongoing innovation.
Moving to market dynamics. The macroeconomic uncertainty has driven multiple trends to play out in the market. First, we continue to see global asset managers embrace in our fully integrated, cost-effective and robust capabilities. The industry is increasingly shifting away from on-premise set of disparate pieces of software, either homegrown or stitched together by competitor acquisitions.
Additionally, asset manager focused on outsourcing both middle and back office operations in trading. This is where Enfusion comes in, with our cost effective and operationally efficient front-to-back scalable technology, coupled with the best-in-class client service. We believe our business is well positioned not only to weather the ongoing macroeconomic uncertainty, but also benefit from it.
On one hand, the reduction in the number of hedge fund launches and delays in purchase decisions by existing investment firms could reduce our opportunity set and elongate sales cycle. On the other hand, in terms of the upside, large alternative investment platforms and traditional asset managers are optimizing their cost structures by converting their legacy system to Enfusion software and relying on our services to support their business. The upside scenario is what we typically saw throughout the history of the firm and are seeing now that we'll continue to win conversions in competitive situations.
Importantly, we'll continue to see capital shifting away from hedge fund launches in smaller hedge funds towards larger multimanager platforms and separately managed account structures as investors are looking to attain better performance, reduce operational and key person risk and access diversified portfolio of returnable strategies.
This is where we see our current multi-strategy and multi-manager clients, growing rapidly and where we see outside demand to remain strong in the near future. Subsequently, such platforms continue to spin off and see various teams that have been successful internally. Enfusion continues to benefit from such backdoor launches as technology familiarity and operational transition become natural.
Now let me turn to our key focus areas for 2023. We plan to build on our momentum to create value for our clients, partners and shareholders. As such, we focus our capital allocation on technology, product and client service organization. Core to our competitive advantage is driving innovation and responding to our client technology needs in a timely and thoughtful way.
By investing in our technology stack and expanding our product portfolio and system functionality, we're able to deliver new capabilities and services, enhance our competitive mode, capture more market share and drive upsell opportunities.
Next, Enfusion's best-in-class client service underpins our overall strategy to win new clients. We are focused on enhancing our onboarding and implementation process to improve conversion experience. Additionally, we work on making our account management and managed services teams more operationally efficient by investing in the related technologies. This will enable us to support larger and more complex investment first while improving our margins.
These investments will bolster our competitive stance and will continue to position Enfusion to deliver high-quality software and service to our clients. As importantly, we're also committed to maintaining in Enfusion's path towards margin expansion and operational efficiency as witnessed by this quarter's result. High margins, coupled with high growth rates have been a staple of our business model, and the management team is focused on the bottom line more than ever.
In summary, we are pleased with our execution in the fourth quarter and how the company is set up for success in 2023. Every new customer, every new technology capability, every new feature in our system and every support ticket resolved by our team only reinforce the magnitude of the opportunity set in front of Enfusion and our unique positioning.
I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge our talented employees globally for their hard work and selfless focus on execution. Our results this quarter are simply a reflection of the caliber of our team. Their passion, dedication and creativity continue to solve the most challenging problems our customers face and enable our clients to generate superior risk-adjusted returns for their investors.
Before I turn over the call to Brad, I would like to highlight the steps we made to further strengthen our Board with the addition of 2 new independent directors. We are pleased to welcome the Deirdre Somers, who sits on the Audit Committee and the nominated and Governance Committee; and Michael Spellacy, who was appointed to our Board Chair. I will now turn the call over to Brad to discuss our financial results in more detail.
Thanks, Oleg, and thanks, everyone, for joining us today. I'm happy to speak with you today in my new role as the CFO of Enfusion. I look forward to working with Oleg, the executive team and all of our employees here to help lead Enfusion to its next stage of growth.
Now on to the numbers. In the fourth quarter, we generated revenue of $40.5 million, an increase of 27% over the same quarter last year. Growth was driven by continued share wins and client demand for our comprehensive solution. Fourth quarter adjusted gross profit, which excludes stock-based compensation, increased by 25% year-over-year to $27.5 million. This represents an adjusted gross margin of 68%.
It's worth noting that these results were impacted by a change in cost allocation methodology, which lowered Q4 adjusted gross margin by approximately 150 basis points. Excluding this methodology change, adjusted gross profit would have been 69.5%.
Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $6.8 million, up 112% year-over-year. Against in-quarter revenues, this represents an adjusted EBITDA margin of 16.7%, up 670 basis points from the same period a year ago. Year-over-year margin expansion was the result of the scalability of our SaaS model, combined with prudent cost discipline in the quarter.
One of the changes we're making in our earnings discussion is the inclusion of an adjusted free cash flow metric. A reconciliation of adjusted free cash flow was included in the appendix of our shareholder letter. For the fourth quarter, we generated adjusted free cash flow of $3.6 million compared to a negative $3.1 million in the same period a year ago.
Current quarter results represent a 53% conversion rate against our adjusted EBITDA. Free cash conversion was slightly higher than expectations due to the deferral of some CapEx items that will push into 2023. We exited the fourth quarter with an ARR of $164.7 million, up 30% year-over-year. The healthy ARR growth reflects ongoing strength of our customer additions and our ability to win share despite a challenging 2022 for our customers.
Net dollar retention, excluding involuntary churn was 115.4%, down 120 basis points quarter-over-quarter. The sequential decline is driven by ongoing volatility in the market as the sector increasingly focuses on rightsizing their cost structure. Net dollar retention, including involuntary churn was 111.5%, relatively flat from a year ago period.
We signed 39 new logos in the fourth quarter, ending the quarter with 819 total clients. It's worth noting also that the average size of our customer has increased approximately 13% compared to the same period last year as we continue to execute on our strategy to move upmarket.
Net income for the fourth quarter was $788,000, which includes $4.2 million of stock-based compensation. We ended the year in a strong cash position with approximately $63 million in cash and cash equivalents and no debt. We believe the strength of our balance sheet gives us considerable flexibility to execute on our long-term strategy.
Now on to guidance. Before we get too deep, I want to comment on a change we're making to our guidance practices. After discussions between Oleg, myself and our Board, we've had decided to shift from forward quarter guidance to providing annual guidance with updates during each of our quarterly earnings calls where relevant.
I will also be providing insights on the anticipated pacing of our results throughout the year. This change was based on 2 distinct factors. First, we wanted to improve the alignment between our financial practices and the philosophies we use to run the business. Our approach has always been to deploy capital to create long-term value for our shareholders and the practice of discussing quarterly guidance is not aligned with that philosophy.
Second, given the combination of macro level uncertainty and the current scale of our business, the practice of providing quarterly guidance is simply not prudent. While we are removing our forward quarter guidance, we are adding information in our quarterly earnings materials that we feel will be more relevant. Notably, you will see in our recently revamped 8-K filing, the addition of adjusted free cash flow and cash flow conversion metrics.
All that said, let's turn to our outlook for 2023. I'll start with making a few comments to position the year. As mentioned earlier, our clients faced considerable challenges in 2022 with underlying markets down significantly and sustained volatility within financial markets. Given these dynamics, combined with macroeconomic uncertainty, we anticipate that asset managers will continue to look for opportunities to rightsize their cost structures into the first half of 2023. This has several short-term impacts on our business.
First, it provides us with considerable market advantage to gain share by providing the market with a premium solution with a lower total cost of ownership. Second, we expect new fund launches will continue to lag historical levels until markets stabilize. And finally, we anticipate continued volatility in our net dollar retention rates as our current customers continue to monitor their spend in the backdrop of the uncertainties I've mentioned.
With regards to our cost structure in 2023, we are investing in 2 prime areas in support of our overall growth strategy. First, we are making investments in our client services function to provide a scalable and sustainable servicing model that meets our customers' high expectations.
Second, we are adding R&D capacity to our product and software development teams to both strengthen our current market-leading position as well as open up new addressable market segments. Combined, these investments will put slight short-term pressure on margins. However, we feel that funding these initiatives supports our growth trajectory and positions the business for improved margin expansion going forward.
Based on all these inputs, we are introducing full year 2023 revenue and adjusted EBITDA outlook as follows: we expect revenue to be in the range of $185 million to $190 million, which at the midpoint represents year-over-year growth of 25%.
Referring back to my comments on the uncertain market conditions facing the segment, we anticipate revenue growth rates to be slightly higher in the second half of the year. We expect adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $32 million to $34 million, which at the midpoint of our ranges represents an adjusted EBITDA margin of 18%.
We project adjusted EBITDA margins to be lowest in the first quarter before steadily expanding throughout the year and exiting 2023 at approximately 20%. For modeling purposes, we project stock-based compensation of approximately $12 million for the full year. In summary, we completed 2022 with strong results despite headwinds in the segment.
Moving on to 2023. We are building on that foundation to enhance our market-leading cloud-based end-to-end investment management platform by making strategic investments in both our product and servicing capabilities. I have great confidence in the long-term trajectory of our business and our ability to deliver strong revenue growth while continuing to expand margins and grow free cash flow.
With that, I'd like to open up the call to questions. Operator, please go ahead.
Question and Answer Session
Thank you. (Operator Instructions) So our first question comes from the line of James Faucette of Morgan Stanley.
James Eugene Faucette
Firstly, we appreciate all the disclosure you provided in the shareholder letter, really helpful to -- on the conversion statistic you gave in the deck, how should we think about what appears to be a little bit of slowing conversion momentum given the statistics look to be around 50% relative to 60% last quarter and 64% in the year ago period. Is that indicative of that slower pace of decision-making at some of your larger clients? And should we expect that kind of sales cycle to persist?
Jim, this is Oleg. I appreciate the question. Actually, it's twofold from my perspective. The -- this particular number is not indicative of any trend that we expect to persist going forward as far as our business is concerned. We believe we can easily be at what we've seen historically over the last couple of years. We're shooting for probably something like 60% to 65% on conversion side on average.
As far as delay in purchasing decisions, I don't think this is something that will impact that rate of our wins as percentage of the overall book. Yes, overall, that definitely has an impact on -- it could have an impact on the overall growth. But as far as percentage of our overall book, I think we will continue to see very stable to increasing share of our business in conversions.
James Eugene Faucette
And then I know you talked about net dollar retention kind of being volatile, et cetera. And it's really pretty constructive, at least from our perspective, to see you still be able to deliver strong revenue performance even when we saw a little bit of a decline there. How should we think about the drivers of net dollar retention? And where should that metric be at least from your perspective in the next 1, 3 and 5 years? And I guess as part of that, I know you're not guiding to specifically NDR, but what's the level that you think you roughly need to be at in order to achieve your revenue outlook?
Sure. So I think a couple of things, so technically and strategically. So let me answer this the following way. So the volatility that we expect is driven by the current macroeconomic environment, right? And as you know, our formula allows us to scale in and out with the clients.
Clients come in and they reduced number of licenses and they came in and they increased number of licenses. So that's part of, you want to call it, downgrades and then upgrades. It's something that we've typically seen in our business.
And that actually, from our perspective, increases stickiness of our clients because it's not binary, right. They don't just have to cancel the relationship. They just stay with us and scale in and out of this relationship. So our gold -- I would say our gold standard historically have been 120% NDR. And this is what, from my perspective, long term, I don't know, 1 year or 3 years, 4 years, I think that's on us as a company, both in terms of technology capabilities and client services to get there, right.
That's what I holding myself accountable to, and this is what I'm holding my team accountable to. I think this is a best-in-class platform and our customers deserve nothing less than world-class customer service in addition to the technology.
So in terms of drivers that you asked about, I think there will be a balance between sort of this, call it, downgrade and people trying to scale out and be a little more conservative with what I mentioned in my prior remarks, related to the actual growth in institutional market segments, growth from our perspective and growth within multi-manager and multi-strategy platforms.
And we're already seeing some green shoots of our ability to expand our relationship with the clients commercially very deeply, which I think historically, we haven't really done a good job at, and this is something we're paying very close attention to, looking at our client base, very carefully and creating value and expanded that footprint.
Our next question comes from the line of Kevin McVeigh of Credit Suisse.
Kevin Damien McVeigh
Great. And just a follow-up on that question, Oleg. Again, congratulations on the results, really, really good outcome. Is there any way to think about kind of like dormant clients in terms of -- is there a certain percentage of clients that are active at different times of the year or is it just headcount? Any way to think about maybe a lower end of the range, where that is today and where that's been historically? And does that flex back up just so we get a sense of where the optionality sits maybe within existing accounts, if there's a way to frame that?
I don't know if there is any seasonality to it. I will say that some of the volatility that Brad mentioned in his remarks, you know, definitely clients are coming off, you know, the whole industry is coming off of a difficult year. I mean they -- both equities and bonds are down depending on which currency and country you're looking at, anywhere between 20% and 25%.
So AMs are down accordingly, management fees are down accordingly. People are not even talking about performance fees in many cases. So there's just -- the economics of the business are changed, right? So it's not about like time of the year, right? It's about where the industry is in the cycle, so to speak.
And as I mentioned, there is this balance, right? We do see some slowdown in decision-making and people reducing the number of licenses. However, as you can see from our financial results and from our guidance, that's what I call downside convexity in this business, this is what we're seeing playing out today.
On one hand, people are reimagining and trying to reexamine what tech that they're sitting on today, $10 billion, $20 billion -- sorry, $10 million to $20 million budget, 100 people staff that's supporting those disparate legacy systems and they're coming to us to help, and this is where we come in.
And the sort of hedge funds, small hedge fund launches, we see in counterbalanced with some of the capital, actually, a significant amount of capital that is going into multi-strategy funds and multi-manager platforms, and this is where we find our sweet spot. We're good with servicing these clients scaling as they scale. And then subsequently, as they spin off and seed managers that have attained success on their platforms, we are right there to catch them as they launch as what I call backdoor launches.
So again, just to summarize, it's not about seasonality, so to speak, with dormancy. It's really about like us getting through this little trough related to 2022, which is, again, arguably worst performance year for core asset classes in 40 years and positioning ourselves for further growth for this business.
Kevin Damien McVeigh
That makes a lot of sense. And then as you think about the low end versus the high end of the range on the revenue and EBITDA, any thoughts, puts and takes what gets you to the high end, above the range? Is it kind of client wins or just any thoughts around the guidance, which obviously looks really, really good?
Kevin, this is Brad. I'll take that. Yes, we felt like the guidance was a good balance. I think there's a couple of things that will play out over the course of the year. We've talked a couple of times about kind of the condition of the segment. So obviously, some better stability in the markets, I think, it pushed us up towards the high end of that.
That tends to drive some of the hedge fund launches we talked about that have kind of slowed down a little bit, but we think that could pick back up with stability coming to the market. We also think some of the product capabilities we're going to be putting out in the next 3 to 6 months, put us in positions where we could get higher bookings this year. It doesn't have a huge end year impact, but certainly, the sooner we get those out, that puts revenue on the table for the current year.
Just quickly moving to the expense side. We've got a lot of levers to pull. We're certainly going to be watching the revenue environment closely as kind of prudent spenders of our capital. We're going to make sure that we time that well. We've got some opportunities for some consolidation. We've got some opportunities for some enhanced tools that improve our scalability.
I mentioned that on our expense efforts on client services, a lot of that has to do with spending some money in 2023 to create some very strong scalability in the next year. There could be some in-year impacts for that as well.
Our next question comes from the line of Dylan Becker of William Blair.
Dylan Tyler Becker
Congrats on the results here. Maybe Oleg, starting with you, there was a lot of talk around kind of the software and a service evolution in the shareholder letter. I was wondering if you could elaborate again on how you see that kind of client service piece benefiting not only the overall adoption framework efficiency in these models, but how that can speak to maybe what Brad was just talking about on kind of the pipeline innovation as well, fueling that R&D momentum?
Yes. Great question. I'm afraid I might bastardize the whole call talking about this topic. So a couple of things here. Brad would say that we ended up in the managed services business. And I just want to make the difference between the client service as a whole, which is us supporting the clients on an ongoing basis and resolving issues and customizing the technology and all of that with managed services as a business of doing things for clients on an ongoing consistent basis like trade affirmation, confirmations, racks and things like that.
And so as far as overall client service is concerned, it's just as you know, it's one of the things that I've done the first thing when I came in is really revamp and restructure that part of our business to make sure that it's aligned much better with our sales process, and it's aligned much better with how each client experiences Enfusion, right.
So as one of our recent clients said last week, and I will never forget that is, what's the point of having good software if your client services is not good. And I'm taking this too heart. And this is just way more important for us now than ever because historically, you might remember, we've been really focused on smaller and simpler players, and they supported themselves effectively, right.
And software has been so powerful and still so powerful and customers really love using it and kind of torturing it and customizing it so that we did not actually have to do much, right, which actually, as a result, drove economics. Now as we go upstream and service much larger and complex managers, by default, they're looking at us as extension of their operating teams.
And therefore, they actually expect many of them, especially larger ones, they expect some kind of wide lot service. And so we're designing our business to actually accommodate that. We feel it's just -- it has to happen. And therefore, number one, we have to make sure we have the team aligned. And number two, we make sure this team is operationally efficient.
So we actually use technology to scale and maintain economics of the business. So our gross margins are 70% plus. This is our target. And our net margins as a result are conforming to what we think this business could be long term.
The second part is, and here I will call Brad, managed services business. We ended up in this business by default rather than by design. And we are currently looking at that very carefully and see if we can really position it in the marketplace as a separate line of business, which is where our clients, our incumbent clients base is coming to us and asking us to do that for them, right, as an extension of our relationship today, right.
And so the question for us is, what can we do? What should we do? How we price it properly so that we deliver value to the client, and we create value for the shareholders as well. But we have right now about 820 clients and roughly -- what roughly 120 clients today actually using managed services. So it's a huge portion of our entire client base actually using that part of our capability.
And so it behooves us to look deeply and see if we can actually expand that relationship. And so again, this is this duality between pure SaaS model and software and the service model where we go and service institutional clients, like I just mentioned, PanAgora where there is this assumption, it's a, partnership, and they expect us to provide a certain level of service as a support, right, as a partnership on an ongoing basis.
And 2, other clients expect us to perform or asking us to perform ongoing daily tasks like managed services, any managed services organization would. And there is some interest in economic opportunities for us there. I hope it makes sense.
Dylan Tyler Becker
Yes, it makes total sense, and I appreciate the depth and color there. Maybe another kind of interesting one. I guess, thinking higher level too, Oleg. How should we be thinking about some of the recent proposed changes from the SEC relative to settlement cycle compression and other areas as potential drivers of back-office investment automation as the industry moves kind of more towards real-time processing capabilities?
Right. Again, this is one of those big opportunities for us, right. We have a lot of conversations on the subject. The clients are kind of actually looking to contribute to the discourse. And so we were kind of -- internally, we're looking at different ways to address it. I think we are very well positioned to do so given our software capabilities.
So all these regulatory changes before, market microstructure changes, MiFID before compliance, which is another area of great importance, both in terms of software functionality on OMS side as well as regulatory reporting, this is where we think we are responding pretty well to the market demand. So of course, we will definitely be there to accommodate.
Our next question comes from the line of Koji Ikeda of Bank of America.
First one for me is (technical difficulty) how are you thinking about your go-to-market strategies and focus? Maybe either from a geography or a product perspective that could be different this year when compared to last year?
There's -- I don't think there's any difference. We do want to refocus our effort, for example, on regional competitive advantages that we have. I will just actually highlight EMEA as an example where the business is getting to the point where it's become an actual relative -- I expect it to become relatively stable 20% of our overall revenue mix.
And there's a ton of opportunity I highlighted before, we're seeing a lot of opportunity in the Middle East. And that part, we're doing a lot of work on the subject just like any other region in the world, it has its own nuances, right. It has its own operating nuances, it has different nuances related to trading and the risk functionality that are specific to the region. And in fact, this is how we historically won in APAC.
We had different capabilities within our software that clients actually valued and we did it exceptionally well headed shoulders above our competition, and that's how we want. It's not just overall generic value proposition, the fact that it's sort of a traditional positioning where cloud native front-to-end integrated software, but really thinking about how we can differentiate ourselves, taking into account what I would call local or localized competitive advantages.
And so that's what we're thinking as far as global expansion is concerned. We won also the client that I mentioned, one of the largest Japanese hedge funds. We've had some success in Australia. And of course, Hong Kong and Singapore continue to be relatively active, both as far as launches and conversions are concerned.
And U.S. is -- this is where we see most of the larger institutional asset managers are and we're continuing to position the business in that segment in a more aggressive way. And a testament to that, our recent wins in, for example, the endowment that we recently closed and a couple of other interest in multi-strategy multi-manager funds that again, take into account and capture the very essence of what Enfusion is all about, which is the ability to bring together front-end OMS with portfolio management, with risk management with the back end and create a framework where people just worry about trading, people about -- worry about risk and capital allocation, and they don't worry about technology or operations.
So the go-to-market strategy, I would say, there is no really -- there is some overarching position and messages that I would send to the market and say, it remains the same with more focus and continued focus on larger institutional complex clients. But as far as actual nuance I would highlight really figuring out what actually works for that particular local market and really zeroing in on that and executing against that relentlessly and winning on that basis.
And I wanted to ask a follow-up question on net dollar retention. It sounds like with the commentary from Brad that the involuntary revenue churn was about 4.5%, but customer churn might have been a bit higher than that. Is that the right characterization on how customer retention shaked out in QA? And then just thinking more forward, how should we be thinking about involuntary revenue churn and customer churn assumptions embedded in the 2023 guidance?
Koji, this is Brad. I'll take that. Your numbers and presumptions on churn are right. As I kind of mentioned in the back half of 2023, we did see churn pick up slightly. When you think about how we projected 2023 to play out, we've anticipated a little bit of a residual into 2023 off of those same numbers. But we do think it's going to improve back to kind of more normal levels by midyear.
And that's a byproduct of the conversation I had a minute ago around the stability that comes into the market that kind of drives up that churn. So we expect a little bit of increased churn for the first half, but we do think it returns back to normal for the back half.
Our next question comes from the line of Parker Lane of Stifel.
This is Matthew Kicker on for Parker. To start, what have you learned a successful go-to-market pitch looks like with a larger skilled fund conversion? And are these customers landing with just portfolio management system? Are they adding a whole suite of solutions upfront as well?
What have we learned? So definitely, the holistic approach. I mean we have seen some situations where we are successful in land and expand sort of thing in terms of just selling piece of functionality and then expanding into overall stack. We're also more naturally fitting into what you would call multi-asset strategies or liquid alts that those large institutional players actually offer on their platform.
As you heard now, in the recent, I don't know, 10, 15 years, the trend has been to become sort of the supermarket of different strategies and any institutional manager of substantial size, they're trying to offer everything from S&P 500 index tracking ETF for 2 basis points or 1 basis point to very complex strategies from quant to global macro CTA and real estate and private equity.
And so we typically fit into that bucket where they actually offer liquid alts and some systematic importance data strategies. And then as we build more footprint within the organization that manages, I don't know, $150 billion to $200 billion, we expand that relationship in a lot of other things.
And some of the functionality I can highlight to you is just from product-driven expansion or product-driven growth perspective, some of our product initiatives include creating capabilities around benchmarks and enabling the managers to rebalance their portfolios, either to match the benchmarks or to take active risk with respect to benchmarks as those investors are trying to beat those.
And so some of those things related to portfolio construction on one hand and then translating those active bets or hedging strategies into actual trades and closing that loop send them that vector of trades or orders into our OMS and then going back and the instant repeat, this is where we think the strength of our offering will really shine, so this is a high-level comments.
But as far as that particular market segment, we still have a lot of wood to chop. Complexity of their business is very high. And almost, I can say, like if you think about hedge fund universe, you can sort of stratify it and think about every segment and within every segment, those funds are more or less similar. They're not, of course, the same but that's similar.
When it comes to those large organizations, every one of those is unique. And we learn quickly and we adapt and we see what they need from workflows' perspective, and some of them are very, very different from what hedge funds are actually doing, both in terms of how OMS and compliance works in terms of what they're looking for in the back end.
In terms of risk requirements, we're actually looking to expand that offering as well where almost all of our institutional clients want some kind of a -- not just the part for the cores, but relatively sophisticated risk management and risk analytics capability.
Got it. Understood. That's great color. And then secondly, how large do you envision scaling your Managed Solutions segment over the next year? And what impact do you pursue this having on your ability to simultaneously expand margins?
Right. So that's -- you sort of asked 2 questions in one, and that's going to be -- the second part of your question is going to drive the first. So as I mentioned when with [Paul] -- when Dylan asked the question, we ended up in this position where we have a pretty large portion of our business in managed services, and I keep highlighting that. This is one of those under from my perspective, underappreciated assets that this business is sitting on.
We have very similar economic relationships with other firms that are providing managed services and we sell our software to them, right. And so we're looking at this sort of positioning both tactically and strategically trying to figure out how to how to expand our footprint here and be there, again, quoting Brad, by design as opposed to by default.
Now the trick is in that second -- from our perspective, the trick is in the second part of your question, which is how to do that without diluting margins. And that's a big deal. And we actually have done it before. We did identify some product gaps and functionality requirements that we actually need to execute on to continue to grow that business without diluting like pure SaaS gross margin, so to speak.
And I'm absolutely convinced it's possible. Everybody is challenging me on that. We have a lot of conversations, both externally and internally on the subject. Everybody sort of knows that managed services as a stand-alone business is lower margin than pure SaaS business. I'm also aware of that, but this is where we -- I think we will win because if we figure out the formula that actually has been driving Enfusion's growth all these years prior to the IPO and enabled the company to be not just a rule of 40 company, but the role of 80 company.
I believe it's going to create a key to profitability of the managed services business. And one more thought I would offer in conclusion is what we have seen actually in competitive situations is that managed services becomes a sort of final icing on the cake, where when we replace the sort of this piecemeal technology stack, which is our sort of bread-and-butter conversion setting.
And we replace a competitor upfront where, for example, our portfolio management system, we replace OMS complex, we replace back end and then all of a sudden, we own that entire stack. And so they, for example, in this case, they actually use another managed services organization to support that former legacy disparate stack with full lines in between.
But once we replace it, who is the better, who is the best company to actually service and support that technology stack that is Enfusion other than Enfusion. And so what happens is we actually have won as we win competitively, those technology replacements, it's a natural extension of the business to actually supplement it with managed services.
If so, if this set of economics works, what happens as a side effect, the stickiness of the clients also increases, and that's right back to the NDR questions that Koji and Dylan asked. Does it make sense?
Yes, that makes sense. And congrats on the quarter.
Our final question comes from the line of Gabriela Borges of Goldman Sachs.
This is [Kelly Lenti] on for Gabriela. First one for me is just looking at the average contract value growth of 13% in the quarter and the NRR of 115%, how should we think about the impact that NRR is having on that average contract value versus the impact of new customers?
So this is Brad. I'll take that. I think the -- we'll talk about the growth in the customer side first, and that's completely a byproduct of what Oleg just walked us through in terms of as we move upmarket and that whole stack becomes available. That's obviously going to increase contract value, especially as we move upmarket, this is bigger asset managers.
As it translates into NDR, I think there's a couple of key points there. One is that entire management services discussion we had, I think that was a really key point to make in terms of how that plays into contract size, but then also it has a ripple effect into NDR. And I think that kind of facilitates Oleg's gold standard of 20% of NDR. Some of that is going to come from things like adding managed services to that stack.
So I think they're very intertwined, but they're not necessarily mutually exclusive. We've also got scenarios where we go out into upmarket and our initial contracts may not include the full stack, but because the asset managers are in the much larger scale size, you're still going to see an overall increase in contract size.
I just want to complement that. We don't want to make it sound like managed services is the only way for us to expand the relationship with the client. I mean, we recently have done a lot of work, and I cannot give an upgrade to our technology team to actually sort of in real time, expand our product portfolio and respond to client demand and as a result, expand commercial relationship with the clients. So this is not just managed services driven.
But to Brad's point, those -- in some sense, those are the 2 -- on one hand, 2 sides of the same coin, and those 2 drivers of NDR and stickiness of the business are, number one, us getting into larger clients just because the ticket sizes are bigger and two, going deeper within the current client base and just it's really creating value for the customer.
I mean there are still situations frankly, where customers are using some other capability that -- it's not that we don't have it, but they just don't know that we do. And then it just -- it makes me -- it makes my blood boil, in those situations, right.
And so this is what we really like, 2023 is really about that focus. It's about not just focusing on the outside, not just being aggressive in growing the business. It's not just about bookings. It's not just about going to whatever name at Sydney or Dubai or Tokyo, it's about really making sure that every single client that we serve today is [referenceable], making sure that we create value every day, making sure that even clients that we do not hear from are happy and continue to proactively engage with the current client base and create value and (inaudible) some of it.
And then just as a follow-up, any nuances to the environment that you've seen in the start of 2023. We've heard some companies talking about a stronger January and February. So curious if you've seen at the start of the year of customers.
Yes. Again, I mean this is -- I will defer to Brad to comment from his perspective, what he sees quantitatively. Just from a qualitative perspective, this is just a technical thing, right. I mean we're walking into 2023 with a very low base. All asset markets, aside from cash, which cash in this case, U.S. dollar are down above and beyond their historical norms, right.
So from that base, the fact that asset -- the fact that risk assets have been behaving well in the last couple of months makes people feel better, makes people breathe better, that's fine. We don't have a crystal ball. We don't know where the markets are going to go today or whatever in 2 years.
But we definitely see so that behavioral change that I mentioned. On one hand people are just in this wait and see mode sometimes. On the other hand, they're just being active. In some interesting sense, for us, this uncertainty is okay, but when it does resolve on either side, right, that actually is where we really come in with the sort of conducted strategy.
If things are really not as good as people expect, this is sort of cost optimization and repositioning. If things are great, we will see more launches and more expansion and more budgets being allocated to our customers, right. But the -- we're not thinking about our business within the time horizon of couple of months, right.
The focus is long-term shareholder value creation, and we just simply tactically well positioned to capture whatever opportunities will be created in 2023.
Yes, I'll just add to that, kind of getting very specific on your question. We're seeing certainly some slight improvements coming out of Q4 as the segment kind of corrected itself in the Q3, Q4 time frame. We anticipated, like I mentioned in my prerecorded remarks, the -- those trends to extend a little bit into Q1. We're seeing that continue about what we thought.
But then at the same time, we're also seeing things like our pipeline pick up. Our pipeline has improved significantly from where we were a couple of months ago. So to Oleg's point, I think it's a natural diversification in this business. If times are great, we do well. If times are tough, we do well as well. So I think it's just a great hedge that's kind of built into the inherent business.
And congrats on the continued momentum.
Just one more, not to bastardize this question on this call, just one more real quick addition. We will see some balance in -- as we go further into loan-only strategies, there might be some potential additional data in this business, if you will.
But typically, we have seen performance as far as performance degradation of our clients, right, we are seeing that hedge fund managers on our platform are actually doing really well given the volatility, right. Some are not doing so well, some are doing well, right. But also, interestingly enough, because of this compression of risk premium, right, oftentimes, people are redeeming from the funds that they can, not from the funds that they should.
And typically, you have situations when somebody used to manage $10 billion or $15 billion and now they manage $3 billion or $4 billion, right? And so all of a sudden, the economics of the business, especially sometimes given high watermarks are different. And the decision regarding us at that point becomes almost a no-brainer.
As there are no additional questions waiting at this time, I'd like to hand the conference call back over to the management team for closing remarks.
Well, thank you all for great questions. We, of course, are always available in real time for any additional questions. Thank you for the challenge. Thank you for your trust, and we will continue to work relentlessly on behalf of our shareholders.
Ladies and gentlemen, that concludes Enfusion's Fourth Quarter 2022 Earnings Conference Call. Have a great day ahead. You may now disconnect your lines.