Gross MRR Churn Rate

Date created: Feb 14, 2019  •   Last updated: Jun 10, 2021

What is Gross MRR Churn Rate?

Gross Monthly Recurring Revenue Churn Rate (Gross MRR Churn Rate) is the percentage of recurring revenue lost due to both cancellation and downgrades. Note that it is common to express this metric as a monthly rate, though it can also be expressed as Gross ARR Churn Rate.

Alternate names: Gross Dollar Churn Rate, Gross Monthly Recurring Revenue Churn Rate

Formula

ƒ Sum(downgraded MRR + cancelled MRR) / (total MRR at the beginning of the month)

How to calculate

For example, if the total MRR churned (downgraded and cancelled) this month was $2000 and the total MRR (measured at the start of the month) is $100,000, then the Gross MRR Churn Rate would be 2%. $2000 (churn for entire month) / $100,000 (MRR as of beginning of month) = 0.02 or 2%

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What is a good Gross MRR Churn Rate benchmark?

Best in class MRR churn for enterprise companies is 1% per month. For small and mid-size focused businesses, that number is between 2% and 2.5%. At 5% annually, you're losing half of your subscription revenue every year.

Annual Gross MRR Churn Rate by Contract Length

Annual Gross MRR Churn Rate by Contract Length

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More about this metric

In contrast to Net MRR Churn Rate that looks at expansion, downgrades, and cancellations, Gross MRR Churn reports only downgrades and cancellations.

Gross MRR Churn Rate is a critical KPI for subscription-based companies, because as the number of customers scale, a high churn rate will eventually surpass growth. High churn rates also point to fundamental product-market fit problems, buyer remorse, or an increasingly competitive landscape.

Calculate Gross MRR Churn Rate by dividing the total MRR churn (for the month) by the total MRR (at the beginning of the month).