Press Release

comScore, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results 

Strong Performance Reflects Continued Business Momentum

RESTON, VA - August 5, 2014 - comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today announced financial results for the second quarter 2014. 

Second Quarter 2014
comScore achieved record quarterly revenue of $80.0 million. GAAP loss before income taxes was $2.7 million; and GAAP net loss was $3.2 million, or $(0.09) per basic and diluted share, which primarily reflects the accrual of contingent losses expected from the tentative settlement related to comScore's outstanding privacy class-action litigation which was reported in our Form 8-K dated May 30, 2014.

Second quarter and year to date 2014 metrics compared to results for the second quarter and year to date in the prior year* were as follows:

  • Second quarter revenues of $80.0 million, up 14% from a year ago.
  • Second quarter adjusted EBITDA of $16.7 million, up 20% from a year ago.
  • Second quarter adjusted EBITDA margin was 21% of revenue, as compared to 20% in the same quarter of 2013.
  • Year to date revenues of $156.9 million, up 13% from the same period in 2013 and up 14% on a pro forma basis*.
  • Year to date adjusted EBITDA of $32.1 million, up 20% from the same period in 2013 and up 21% from a year ago on a pro forma basis*.

* comScore divested its Non-Health Copy Testing and Configuration Manager products in March 2013. All year-to-date 2013 pro forma growth rates included in the foregoing reflect adjustments to exclude the company's Non-Health Copy Testing and Configuration Manager products for the purposes of consistent presentation and are based on management's estimates of the revenue and results of operations of such products. See Reconciliation of Revenue and Income before Income Taxes to Non-GAAP Revenue, non-GAAP Income and Adjusted EBITDA set forth in the attachment to this press release.

Serge Matta, comScore’s president and chief executive officer, said, “Our strong performance in the second quarter reflects continued sharp execution on comScore’s key strategic priorities and positive momentum across our business.  vCE continues to be a leader in digital measurement as we advance our long-term, strategic partnerships with Yahoo and Google to provide essential digital, mobile and video analytics to global advertisers seamlessly.  We are also pleased to announce an expansion of our relationship with GroupM as a Preferred Strategic Partner, allowing us to further grow our vCE client base.  This quarter, we continued to meaningfully enhance our core vCE product offerings and increase the value we provide to advertisers with the addition of sophisticated ad fraud detection technology via the MdotLabs acquisition.  Looking forward, we are confident that we are very well-positioned to deliver superior value to our clients, partners and shareholders by capitalizing on dynamic market trends around the mobile and multi-platform consumer, ubiquitous video and advertising automation."

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Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Report.pdf

About comScore
comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in digital measurement and analytics, delivering insights on web, mobile and TV consumer behavior that enable clients to maximize the value of their digital investments. For more information, please visit

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
comScore reports all financial information required in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). comScore believes, however, that evaluating its ongoing operating results will be enhanced if it also discloses certain non-GAAP information because it is useful to understand comScore's performance, as it excludes non-cash and other charges that many investors believe may obscure comScore's on-going operating results.

For example, comScore uses non-GAAP net income, which excludes stock-based compensation, amortization of acquired intangible assets, impairment of intangible assets, impairment of marketable securities, costs from acquisitions, restructurings and other infrequently occurring  items, non-cash deferred tax provision and litigation and related settlement costs. comScore reports non-GAAP EPS (diluted), which uses non-GAAP net income in lieu of GAAP net income in calculating earnings per share. Year to date 2013 Non-GAAP pro forma revenue excludes the estimated effects of revenue generated from non-health copy testing and configuration manager products. Year to date 2013 adjusted pro forma EBITDA also excludes the estimated effects of operations related to Non-Health Copy Testing and Configuration Manager products.

The company believes that excluding certain costs from non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP EPS, and adjusted EBITDA provides a meaningful indication to investors of the expected on-going operating performance of the company. Specifically as it relates to acquisitions and restructurings, the exclusion of these costs reflects the expected benefits realized or to be realized upon the integration of acquired entities into comScore, and the realized benefits of the restructurings. In addition, the company believes that adjusting for the pro forma effect of the sale of the company's non-health copy testing products in March 2013 promotes better comparability of the company's financial statements.

Whenever comScore uses such historical non-GAAP financial measures, it provides a reconciliation of historical non-GAAP financial measures to the most closely applicable GAAP financial measure. Investors are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of these historical non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measure included in the financial tables accompanying this release. Although the company provides a reconciliation of historical non-GAAP financial measures, due to the high variability and difficulty in predicting certain items that affect net income, such as tax rates and stock price, comScore is unable to provide a complete reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable efforts. However, a reconciliation of forward-looking adjusted EBITDA to GAAP income (loss) before income taxes is set forth in the attachment to this press release.

These non-GAAP financial measures do not reflect a comprehensive system of accounting, differ from GAAP measures with the same captions and may differ from non-GAAP financial measures with the same or similar captions that are used by other companies. The use of certain non-GAAP financial measures requires management to make estimates and assumptions regarding amounts of assets and liabilities and the amounts of revenue and expense during the reporting periods. comScore bases its estimates on historical experience and assumptions that it believes are reasonable. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Cautionary Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including, without limitation, comScore's expectations as to adoption of products and services by customers, including vCE; expectations regarding continued growth of its customer base; expectations as to the company's strategy, market position, growth in revenue and margin expansion, impact and financial benefits of certain products, including vCE and Total Video measurement,  expectations as to new product releases; expectations as to the benefits of comScore’s partnerships,  such as those with Google, Yahoo and GroupM; expectations regarding the results of litigation and the potential settlement thereof; expectations and forecasts of future financial performance, including related growth rates and components thereof; and assumptions related to growth for the third quarter and full year of 2014 and beyond. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause comScore's actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to: comScore's ability to generate strong revenue and margin growth in future periods; comScore's ability to sell new or additional products and attract new customers;  comScore's ability to develop new products; comScore's ability to sell additional subscription-based products to customers; comScore’s dependence on key partnership arrangements, comScore's ability to sell additional products and services to existing customers; and the volatility of quarterly results and expectations.

For a detailed discussion of these and other risk factors, please refer to comScore's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, comScore's most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and other filings comScore makes from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which are available on the SEC's Web site (

Stockholders of comScore are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date such statements are made. comScore does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect events, circumstances or new information after the date of this press release, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Kenneth Tarpey
Chief Financial Officer
comScore, Inc.
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