Comscore Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results
Continued Alignment of Strategic Priorities and Products to Drive to Future Profitability
RESTON, Va., August 6, 2019 - Comscore, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOR), a trusted partner for planning, transacting, and evaluating media across platforms, today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.
Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results
- Year-over-year revenue for the second quarter declined 4.4% to $96.9 million
- Including 2019 non-cash impairment charges totaling $241.6 million, net loss of $279.5 million, or $(4.61) per share, compared to a net loss of $56.0 million, or $(1.02) per share in the year-ago quarter
- Adjusted EBITDA loss of $3.2 million, compared to positive adjusted EBITDA of $1.3 million in the year-ago quarter
- Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash of $53.8 million, compared to $50.2 million as of December 31, 2018
"In the second quarter, we took significant steps to better prioritize, refocus and invest in our product portfolio, and provide our customers with innovative technologies and services which we believe will drive us to a position of profitability and growth faster and more efficiently," said Dale Fuller, director and interim chief executive officer of Comscore. "Additionally, we reduced core operating costs in the quarter, which provided greater financial flexibility as we seek to maximize our resources. The management team is exploring all aspects of the business and is conducting a comprehensive strategic review of all our options, making sure that our talent is focused on developing compelling products that our customers want and need. We believe this approach should ultimately allow us to generate break-even to positive operating cash flow later this year."
Second Quarter Summary Results
Total revenue in the second quarter of 2019 was $96.9 million, down from $101.4 million in the year-ago quarter.
Ratings and Planning revenue decreased to $68.9 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $70.5 million in the year-ago quarter. The decrease was the result of a decline in syndicated digital products offset by higher revenue in TV and cross-platform products. TV and cross-platform product revenue was higher on a year-over-year basis due to higher local TV revenue and increased deliveries of cross-platform products.
Analytics and Optimization revenue declined to $17.3 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $20.5 million in the year-ago quarter. The decrease was related to lower digital custom marketing solution sales and deliveries in the second quarter of 2019 as compared to the prior-year period. This decrease was offset, in part, by increased revenue from Activation products.
Movies Reporting and Analytics revenue was $10.7 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $10.4 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase was driven by revenue from new products and new customers.
Due in part to a decline in market capitalization and revenue, the company performed an interim impairment assessment as of the end of the quarter. As a result of the assessment, the company took non-cash impairment charges totaling $241.6 million relating to an intangible asset and goodwill. These non-cash impairment charges do not directly impact the company’s liquidity, cash flows, compliance with debt covenants, or future operations.
During the second quarter of 2019, the company recorded a $5.0 million liability related to the previously disclosed SEC investigation, which management believes is a reasonable estimate of the company’s probable liability for this matter.
Primarily as a result of the non-cash impairment charges and legal accrual, net loss for the second quarter of 2019 was $279.5 million, or $(4.61) per share, compared to a net loss of $56.0 million, or $(1.02) per share reported in the year-ago quarter.
For the second quarter of 2019, non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA loss was $3.2 million, compared to positive adjusted EBITDA of $1.3 million in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA excludes stock-based compensation expense; investigation, litigation and audit-related expense; restructuring expense; change in fair value of financing derivatives; impairment charges; and other items as presented in the accompanying tables.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
As of June 30, 2019, cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash were $53.8 million, including $4.9 million in restricted cash. The cash balance as of June 30, 2019 is inclusive of $20.0 million in initial cash proceeds that the company received from a capital transaction that was completed toward the close of the quarter. The transaction was intended to strengthen the company’s balance sheet and maintain compliance with the minimum cash covenant in the company’s senior secured convertible notes, which increases from $20.0 million to $40.0 million upon filing of the Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. Total debt principal as of June 30, 2019, including $204.0 million of senior secured convertible notes, was $215.0 million.
Conference Call Information for Today, Tuesday, August 6 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Management will provide commentary on the company's results in a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET. To access the call, dial +1 844-229-7593 (domestic) or +1 314-888-4258 (international) and reference conference ID # 8974238. Participants are advised to dial in at least 10 minutes prior to the call to register. Additionally, a live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the company's website at ir.comscore.com/events-presentations. Following the conference call, a replay will be available by dialing +1 855-859-2056 (domestic) or +1 404-537-3406 (international) with passcode # 8974238. The replay will also be available via webcast at ir.comscore.com/events-presentations.
Comscore (Nasdaq: SCOR) is a trusted partner for planning, transacting and evaluating media across platforms. With a data footprint that combines digital, linear TV, over-the-top and theatrical viewership intelligence with advanced audience insights, Comscore allows media buyers and sellers to quantify their multiscreen behavior and make business decisions with confidence. A proven leader in measuring digital and TV audiences and advertising at scale, Comscore is the industry’s emerging, third-party source for reliable and comprehensive cross-platform measurement.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal and state securities laws, including, without limitation, Comscore's expectations, forecasts, plans and opinions regarding future growth, profitability and cash flow, product development and innovation, customer agreements, financial flexibility and compliance with financial covenants, management's strategic review, legal proceedings, and the impact of non-cash impairment charges. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events to differ materially from expectations, including, but not limited to, Comscore's ability to achieve its expected strategic, financial and operational plans. For additional discussion of risk factors, please refer to Comscore's respective Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other filings that Comscore makes from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), which are available on the SEC's website ( www.sec.gov).
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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To provide investors with additional information regarding our financial results, we are disclosing herein non-GAAP net income (loss) and adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP financial measures used by our management to understand and evaluate our core operating performance and trends. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results, as they permit our investors to view our core business performance using the same metrics that management uses to evaluate our performance. Nevertheless, our use of these non-GAAP financial measures has limitations as an analytical tool, and investors should not consider these measures in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Instead, you should consider these measures alongside GAAP-based financial performance measures, net income (loss), various cash flow metrics, and our other GAAP financial results.
Set forth below are reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These reconciliations should be carefully evaluated.
Q2 2019 Earnings Report.pdf
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